“We have gone over the fiscal cliff because of Washington’s inability to control spending, and now in the eleventh hour, Congress’s only answer is to throw more money at our already outrageous problem."
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Monday, November 19, 2012
In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece, Michael Adams and G.P. "Bud" Peterson say the federal government should be careful where it trims spending.
As Congress and President Obama work to settle on a budget deal and avoid the self-imposed "fiscal cliff" of mandatory spending reductions, they must take care not to undermine university research, UGA and Georgia Tech's president's argue in a recent opinion column. "Much of America’s competitive advantage in innovation can be linked back to university research," the University of Georgia's Michael Adams and Georgia Tech's G.P. “Bud” Peterson write in a guest column published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "In our increasingly global environment, if we reduce our investment in education and research while other countries increase theirs, we could compromise the very advantages that have made America strong." The presidents call for …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The regular monthly meeting of the Commission.
The June regular meeting of the ACC Commission and Mayor.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Athen Clarke County Commission gets a more detailed presentation and explanation of Mayor Denson's proposed budget.
Mayor Denson has said she wants to be known as the economic development mayor. So much that she wants $190,000 to go to the Economic Development Foundation in the coming year. The money will pay the salary and benefits of interim director Peggy Chapman and will also help fund a receptionist at the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Denson said. Denson said she doesn't like it when she calls the chamber and a machine answers. As officials work to bring Caterpillar suppliers to Athens, Denson wants to be sure a human being picks up the phone. Chapman has office space in the chamber's building on Hancock. These details were among those that emerged at Monday's work session on Denson's 2012-13 budget. Commissioners listened to a long …
Friday, April 20, 2012
This is a letter from ABH Columnist Myra Blackmon to Clarke County Schools Superintendent Phil Lanoue.
To: Dr. Philip D. Lanoue, Superintendent Clarke County School Board From: Myra Blackmon Re: Alternatives to Proposed Budget Cuts Date: April 19, 2012 When I set out to gather ideas and opinions about the proposed 2012‐13 district budget, I never imagined the kind of response I would get. I posted a request for input on the Timothy Road Elementary List Serve on Wednesday, April 18. People have subsequently posted it to other PTA lists and forwarded to friends and others in the community. I have talked with about 30 people, and had email exchanges with at least 15 more. And we’re just getting started. Most of the ideas here have been generated in the last few days. I anticipate there will be many more. I have even created a …
Clarke County Board of Education passes austere budget, eliminating jobs across the system.
At last night’s meeting, the Clarke County School Board adopted a $117.9 million budget for the upcoming school year. It is $8 million less the adjusted budget, reflecting years of shrinking support from the state and a slight reduction in local tax revenues. According to the non-profit Empower Education for Georgia, funding for public education in the state has dropped 26 percent since 2002 on a per student basis. This, while federal and state mandates--think standardized testing--continue to increase. Superintendent Philip Lanoue told those gathered the many positions that have to be cut—personnel is the largest expense for the school system—won’t return. There was a sense that the pain of a reduced staff will be shared across all the …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Approving this tentative budget gives them a place to start.
The Clarke County Board of Education meets tonight to vote on a tentative budget for the upcoming school year. One that reflects the $9 million shortfall in revenue the district office is addressing. Please come to tonight's meeting, which starts at 6:30pm, but don't expect to speak. Public comment isn't taken during special called meetings or the agenda-setting meetings. You may speak at the May 10th board meeting, but you need to contact Terry McNamara, the superintendent's assistant, before 4pm the day of the board meeting to be on the agenda. The proposed budget from Superintendent Philip Lanoue calls for elminating 32 parapros from first grade classrooms, a proposal that brought parents roiling out in protest when it was raised a …