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Bearden a finalist for Floyd County schools

It was on Sept. 19 that the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bearden entered into a mutual termination agreement that cited Dec. 31 as his last day of employment. But according to documents on the Floyd County School System website, Bearden completed an application and resume for superintendent’s job on Sept. 4, a full two weeks before he and the Fayette school board agreed to the mutual termination. Bearden is listed as one of two finalists in the search to fill the superintendent’s position in Rome.

Bearden on the Floyd County application said, “Floyd County is a very desirable place to live and work. I have had the opportunity to spend time in your community and am very impressed. I have reviewed the information on your website and am appreciative of your desire to advance learning opportunities for your students. Your move to a charter system I believe was the right thing to do in order to give your system the greatest flexibility for creativity and innovation... I am ready for this new challenge in my professional life.”

On his application Bearden said school board Chair Leonard Presberg and Vice Chair Terri Smith were aware of his application submittal. And on his resume, Bearden listed Presberg, Smith and school board member Janet Smola as references.

According to the Rome News-Tribune, Bearden indicated that he was impressed with the financial condition of the Floyd County School System. “Floyd I’m sure has made some really challenging decisions but the fact they have a relatively healthy fund balance tells me it’s been managed pretty well up there,” Bearden said. “So there are a lot of things about the community and school system that makes it a very attractive job.”

The Floyd County Board of Education is is expected to announce the name of the new superintendent on Nov. 5.

The terms of the mutual termination agreement with the Fayette BoE called for Bearden to receive a year’s salary, $153,000, and the funds to pay for health insurance costs for one year.

As for the surprise announcement at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Fayette school board, there has been no mention of the circumstances of the decision that came with a 4-1 vote in which Presberg was opposed.

“(Bearden and all members of the school board) agree not to make any oral or written communication to any person or entity that disparages, is intended to damage the reputation, or has the effect of damaging the reputation of another party. No statements will be made by any party to this agreement, including the individual members of the Board of Education, contrary to the terms of this agreement or the joint press release issued by the parties. All parties specifically agree that as of the date of the agreement, they are aware of no evidence which would required a report to any federal, state or private regulatory agency with regard to the conduct of the other,” the mutual termination agreement said.

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So we know from Bearden’s Floyd County Schools application that at least two board members, Smith and Presberg, knew Bearden had applied for another job. Even before Terri Smith voted to approve the “mutual termination” agreement and the authorization to Bearden of one year’s salary and benefits all the while knowing that for next year's budget, employee pay will be cut, some employees will loose their jobs, and schools will be closed.

Confirms why I did not vote for Smith!

cogitoergofay's picture

In the classic Smola tradition, Terri Smith betrayed Fayette County yet again. Bearden may get another job and Smith knew he was looking. She essentially agreed to a no-comment, double-dip severance in which Fayette County will pay Bearden $200,000 in addition to what he gets elsewhere.

Smola and Smith have been doing this dishonesty for a decade.

This is the second time FBOE has appointed a Superintendent that has left office early for various reasons. The current Superintendent got a sweet heart deal from a school board that was not responsible when it came to the tax payers money of Fayette County. I hold each one responsible for creating this problem and cost to the citizens of Fayette County. The problem in Fayette County and many other counties is when we started appointing Superintends many school Boards in the state began to mini manage county school systems. The Constitution of the State of Georgia states the responsibility of the School Boards are to make policy for the local schools and the Superintends job is to manage the school system. When we had Elected Superintends they managed and the school board had no power over them when it came to managing the system. If they didn't do a good job the people of each county could vote them out of office and they didn't get any severance pay or where the salaries nearly as high as they are today. I urge you to contact your locale state representative and senator and less vote in the next general election to go back to elected superintendents. Then we will no longer have these messes we have in Clayton, City of Atlanta, Fayette and various other counties that have these problems with these highly paid appointed superintendents.

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NUK_1's picture

Even considering past blunders and fiascos, this one might top them all. I guess we'll never know if the information about Bearden actively seeking another job was shared with all members of the BOE the night they decided 4-1 to accept a termination deal. It doesn't make a lot of sense to pay a year's severance to someone who is actively seeking another job in the first place!

If Presberg was thinking the above, I don't blame him for voting NO at all and wonder what Todd/Key were doing? Sleeping? Since Smola and Smith, the two main architects of the financial mess the BOE has right now are Bearden's references, Floyd County would do well to pause and think about this one as I can't think of two worse references to use. They were sure nice to give Bearden a sweet going away present and maybe he'll share some of his severance with them. Hmmm.

Veritas's picture

Did not notify Todd and Key of Bearden's application for the Floyd county position. As this would void the contract agreement if he was chosen. Smola , Smith, Presberg and Bearden pushes for the contract extention back this summer because they wanted to guarantee Bearden his money just in case. Why the push for an early contract extension? Then all out of the blue the willingness to agree to his termination agreement. We now know why!

NUK_1's picture

On one hand, it would be good for FC if Floyd Co. picks Bearden since that would get the BOE off the hook for the severance deal since the Floyd position is an immediate opening, but I would question what happens to Floyd county's school system and their parents/children if they selected Bearden. He has been a real failure for FC and I don't know if simply having a better financial situation in Floyd would turn him into a managerial wizard suddenly.

Frankly, I'm just glad he's gone, even if we end up footing the bill for his severance. I give him high marks for playing the political game extremely well to his own benefit since Day 1. He's got a better future in political office than school systems IMO. He did all of about NOTHING for over a year and played the BOE like a fiddle and now might be cashing-in elsewhere. Shrewd for him, not good for FC. The fact that he had willing partners in people like Smith and Smola is no surprise whatsoever.

Steve Brown's picture

I had several notable figures, in the recent past, try to paint me a very different picture of what we now know to be the actual events. Three board members knew Bearden was leaving well in advance of the infamous executive session.

Terri Smith has been up to her ears in dreadful decisions concerning our school system. Now we have another significant event where there was no disclosure.

Sad.

Before passing judgement on the facts we know.
What we don't know is what was discussed in the executive committee meeting with Dr Bearden, his attorney, the FCBOE and their attorney.
Don't you find it strange that lawyers were called in and there is a confidentiality agreement surrounding the facts.

Got another theory for you...
Read Missy blog comment identifying "unnamed citizens" as people high up in the school system who Dr Todd spoke to .
Read the Missy blog comment and the Recall article
I guess we will never know either way...
and in fairness to every one on the FCBOE and Dr. Bearden, we should not jump to conclusions since we don't know all the facts.

G35 Dude's picture

All I need to know is that this board once again threw away a lot of my money and is not willing to let me know why.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

Steve Brown's picture

I had several notable figures, in the recent past, try to paint me a very different picture of what we now know to be the actual events. Three board members knew Bearden was leaving well in advance of the infamous executive session.

Terri Smith has been up to her ears in dreadful decisions concerning our school system. Now we have another significant event where there was no disclosure.

Sad.

Yea, Steve Brown is all about disclosure and ethics himself. HA HA

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Anyone know why there is a special called meeting for 11/9 at 3pm? Personnel and exceutive session on the agenda per eBoard.

G35 Dude's picture

Probably to determine how many teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc have to be laid off to pay for Dr Bearden's separation package.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

Pogo's picture

All these issues are entirely the fault of the BOE. Bearden is looking out for himself as he probably always has. The BOE hired him although the system that he came from in Maine was not comparable in any way to Fayette. I followed the information made available during the search process and felt that he was not completely vetted. Then the BOE hired his "friend" for a position that probably had several local well qualified candidates and told the public that there was no connection. That being said, the BOE must have been satisfied with his performance because they extended his contract. The fact that he decided to apply elsewhere after he had signed a contract with Fayette is completely his call, however, the BOE had no obligation legal or otherwise to accept his termination request and certainly not to give him a generous termination package. It appears that the BOE awarded a bonus for a breach of contract. At the very least, they could just have told him to walk and not to let the door him on the way out.

NUK_1's picture

On every point too. It's like a comedy/tragedy of errors from start to finish by all involved, starting with the voters who elected the BOE and there wasn't even opposition 4 yrs ago to Smith or Smola despite a lot of discontent then.

Here's hoping that Marchman and Ballacao can be a big upgrade. The next superintendent as well.

suggarfoot's picture

"a comedy/tragedy of errors from start to finish by all involved, starting with the voters who elected the BOE ...AND THERE WASN'T EVEN OPPOSITION 4 YEARS AGO TO SMITH OR SMOLA DESPITE A LOT OF DISCONTENT THEN."

I begged several very gifted people who were much better qualified than Smola to run against her. They wouldn't, they were too busy. Not just the ones that were asked, but the ones that weren't...no one stepped forward. I could have run my dog against Smola and it would have done a better job.

Everyone knew what Smith and Smola were doing. Poor Dr Todd and Marion Key were like the guys at the Alamo waiting for reinforcements that no on cared to send.
Then Wright pulled out, and a wonderful DYING man, Dr Tolbert, came to the rescue of Fayette county.

That is right guys, a dying man, in tremendous pain, stepped forward to do what the younger and healthy didn't have the time to do. SAVE YOUR KIDS FUTURE and the schools, from the buzzards!

If others had run for Smith and Smola's seats then, you could might possibly saved your schools. Now it is too late.

suggarfoot's picture

"a comedy/tragedy of errors from start to finish by all involved, starting with the voters who elected the BOE ...AND THERE WASN'T EVEN OPPOSITION 4 YEARS AGO TO SMITH OR SMOLA DESPITE A LOT OF DISCONTENT THEN."

I begged several very gifted people who were much better qualified than Smola to run against her. They wouldn't, they were too busy. Not just the ones that were asked, but the ones that weren't...no one stepped forward. I could have run my dog against Smola and it would have done a better job.

Everyone knew what Smith and Smola were doing. Poor Dr Todd and Marion Key were like the guys at the Alamo waiting for reinforcements that no on cared to send.
Then Wright pulled out, and a wonderful DYING man, Dr Tolbert, came to the rescue of Fayette county.

That is right guys, a dying man, in tremendous pain, stepped forward to do what the younger and healthy didn't have the time to do. SAVE YOUR KIDS FUTURE and the schools, from the buzzards!

If others had run for Smith and Smola's seats then, you could might possibly saved your schools. Now it is too late.

Wait--I remember writing in someone named "Julie"--something like Imker I think--so there WAS opposition previously,just not enough folks wrote her in.

The job of a school supt is somewhat like a football coach in that the job is politically influenced. Superintendents have families too and do not want their career to be dictated by the whim of an elected board. Therefore most request multi year contracts with rollovers. Without this clause, they have no authority. This would bring chaos to everyone below the Supt level.

Every BOE has issues with their supt. Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback. Everyone else can do a better job. Look back. Dr. Decotis had issues with the board and even filed charges.

I suspect Dr. Bearden felt some things were amiss and maybe some Board Members had ulterior motives or we're overstepping their authority. He probably pushed for his contract extension this summer for leverage. Then, he saw the writing on the wall and knew that he was going to be fired and brought his attorney into the meeting ready to go public with charges that would have certainly hurt the board and maybe could have gotten the state involved. In lieu of bringing these charges to light, the board agrees to a deal that there will be no public disparages from either side.

Mr. Bearden looked out for his family. No one can blame a man for that.

FC has a problem. A big problem. We have a lame duck supt. A board that is not strong and a lot of political agendas. We have a financial crisis and a lot of citizens not looking at the complete disaster about to happen.

We are going to have to go out and recruit someone for the supt position who is a proven business person. A retired business person who doesn't need the paycheck, will not be intimidated by anyone, and who wants to do this for public service. Someone similar to Mr. Davis in ATL. We need this person to right size our schools, provide leadership, and maybe have to be the bad guy decisions for our own good. We have people like this in our community. Recently retired CEO's who built businesses from scratch and now need a new challenge. I would go after that guy to save us.

NUK_1's picture

Bearden knew what he was getting into when he applied and accepted the job. The Citizen is well-archived in Google and every other search engine and he had to know there was a big storm brewing amongst the residents as well as a budgetary crisis happening that anyone could see and already were talking about, and not just here. Bearden is not a moron and he knew going in that this was a big reclamation job and also one that involved some nasty politics too. He failed miserably.

You cannot accept a position and sit on your hands for a year waiting/hoping/dreaming that money is going to fall out of the sky and make your job easy. He was hired to clean up a mess and didn't make much of an attempt to do anything until it really hit the fan and then it was look out for #1.

Frankly, I have more respect for someone like Don Haddix who ran for and accepted a job knowing it would be tough sailing. He has at least done SOMETHING positive in regards to the Tennis Center fiasco and bringing in Canongate to save the City budget 200K+/yr and also getting rid of Steve Brown's stupid "Tourism Authority" disaster. I may disagree with Haddix on about EVERYTHING else and hate his big mouth and ego too, but at least he's not a coward and total wuss that runs away from challenges he knowingly signed-on for like Bearden has done. Bearden is a loser and good damn riddance.

He wasn't a strong enough personality to get the job done. However the board has a lot of fault too.

Who is strong enough to get us out of this mess? What's your position on the type of person to lead us?

NUK_1's picture

I think it will help greatly that in all likelihood we have two new BOE members replacing two of the biggest problems. It's still a daunting challenge for whomever accepts the job, but I think he/she will have a better BOE to work with and there won't be any doubt that there are serious challenges immediately facing this person or the fact that everyone needs to work together right NOW. No more stalling, wishing, delaying,politics,etc.

The one benefit is that FC schools are still up there in comparison to other public school systems in GA so I think they'll be quality candidates that aren't afraid to come into a turnaround situation politically and financially. At least the academics aren't in the toilet and FC is still a damn nice place to live. Those are serious positives in attracting really good candidates for the job, despite the negatives of the present financial condition and BOE blunders. You have active parents and some pretty good kids out there in this system and I think we can get better with a partially new BOE and superintendent that doesn't mind rolling up their sleeves and getting down in the mud.

The job of a school supt is somewhat like a football coach in that the job is politically influenced. Superintendents have families too and do not want their career to be dictated by the whim of an elected board. Therefore most request multi year contracts with rollovers. Without this clause, they have no authority. This would bring chaos to everyone below the Supt level.

Every BOE has issues with their supt. Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback. Everyone else can do a better job. Look back. Dr. Decotis had issues with the board and even filed charges.

I suspect Dr. Bearden felt some things were amiss and maybe some Board Members had ulterior motives or we're overstepping their authority. He probably pushed for his contract extension this summer for leverage. Then, he saw the writing on the wall and knew that he was going to be fired and brought his attorney into the meeting ready to go public with charges that would have certainly hurt the board and maybe could have gotten the state involved. In lieu of bringing these charges to light, the board agrees to a deal that there will be no public disparages from either side.

Mr. Bearden looked out for his family. No one can blame a man for that.

FC has a problem. A big problem. We have a lame duck supt. A board that is not strong and a lot of political agendas. We have a financial crisis and a lot of citizens not looking at the complete disaster about to happen.

We are going to have to go out and recruit someone for the supt position who is a proven business person. A retired business person who doesn't need the paycheck, will not be intimidated by anyone, and who wants to do this for public service. Someone similar to Mr. Davis in ATL. We need this person to right size our schools, provide leadership, and maybe have to be the bad guy decisions for our own good. We have people like this in our community. Recently retired CEO's who built businesses from scratch and now need a new challenge. I would go after that guy to save us.

Pogo's picture

All these issues are entirely the fault of the BOE. Bearden is looking out for himself as he probably always has. The BOE hired him although the system that he came from in Maine was not comparable in any way to Fayette. I followed the information made available during the search process and felt that he was not completely vetted. Then the BOE hired his "friend" for a position that probably had several local well qualified candidates and told the public that there was no connection. That being said, the BOE must have been satisfied with his performance because they extended his contract. The fact that he decided to apply elsewhere after he had signed a contract with Fayette is completely his call, however, the BOE had no obligation legal or otherwise to accept his termination request and certainly not to give him a generous termination package. It appears that the BOE awarded a bonus for a breach of contract. At the very least, they could just have told him to walk and not to let the door him on the way out.

We are the fools for electing Terri Smith and Janet Smola and then re-electing them! Look at what we got for our trouble.

Leo Presberg was appointed but he's no better than the other two.

citizenal's picture

It seems there was a cozy circle working against Fayette County. Voters take note!

C'mon you guys. Even if your memory is that bad - look it up!

Mary Kay Bacallao DID run against Smith in the Republican Primary 4 years ago! That was when Smith was still pretending to be a Republican.

Who did YOU vote for? Or, did you not vote and just complain about the result?

NUK_1's picture

I had completely forgotten. Since I have never voted for Smith ever, pretty sure I would have voted for Ballacao in the primary, but I sure don't remember her running. Wow, that was only 4 years ago too :( UGH.

I remember a write-in candidate back then also, but forget her name too. Getting old sucks!

Her name was Juli Imker I think--but not 100% sure.

SPQR's picture

Nicole File

Thanks for the correction--don't know where I got "Julie Imker" from but
I agree with "File".

citizenal's picture

It seems there was a cozy circle working against Fayette County. Voters take note!

citizenal's picture

It seems there was a cozy circle working against Fayette County. Voters take note!

americanpatriots's picture

I am sure by now many of you have read the Citizen Newspaper articles about Jeff Bearden’s mutual termination as school superintendent on September 19, 2012.

Ben Nelms wrote articles appearing in the Citizen newspapers on 9/20/12, 10/3/12 and 10/25/12.

Click on the following link to read Jeff Bearden’s employment application submitted to the Floyd County School District on September 4, 2012.

http://www.floydboe.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3118111/File/News/2012%...

Ignore the “Is it safe to open the file” message – this is a standard warning. It is safe to open the file.

I found the following items of particular interest:

Attachment Page 1, Section II – Bearden lists his salary as $180,000 but it is actually $153,000. See 10/25/12 article above. Some people call his application “puffery” but others call it lying.

Attachment Page 11 – Bearden lists the following references: Board of Education Chairman Leonard Presberg, and board members Janet Smola and Terri Smith; and the Board of Education’s attorney, Phil Hartley.

All of these people became aware of Bearden’s job application before the emergency meeting on September 19th called by Chairman Presberg. Why did these five people keep the information from the other two Board members, Dr. Bob Todd and Marion Key?

Based on what I have learned, Todd and Key first heard about Bearden’s job application by reading it on the online addition of the Rome News Tribune on October 23, 2012.

Several people have said the actions of Presberg, Smola and Smith, and the county’s attorney was highly unusual. Some people have said their failure to share important information with other members of the Board was a serious breach of their fiduciary duty and an ethics violation.

I’m not an attorney, but Presberg and Hartley are. I will leave it up to you to decide if what they did was improper. At the very least, I believe what Presberg, Smola, Smith and Hardley did was morally wrong and it showed a total disrespect for the other two board members.

In the 10/25/12 article cited above, “according to the Rome News-Tribune, Bearden indicated that he was impressed with the financial condition of the Floyd County School System. “Floyd I’m sure has made some really challenging decisions but the fact they have a relatively healthy fund balance tells me it’s been managed pretty well up there,” Bearden said. “So there are a lot of things about the community and school system that makes it a very attractive job.”

Well, we also had a healthy fund balance when Bearden took charge in January 2011, but his lack of leadership has almost spent all of our “rainy day” fund balance.

Is this the type of leadership we want from Presberg, Smola and Smith? You decide.

Submitted at 11:45 AM 10/29/12.

1. I think everyone needs to get a life and drop the supt issue. The guy is leaving and there is nothing anyone can do about it. It wasn't a good fit.

2. Salary issue: the guy didn't lie. He is showing his salary and benefits. He may have a salary of $153, but he has a car allowance, and other perks that's all part o the package.

3. The guy didn't hide anything. He saw a job opening he felt would be a better fit for he and his family. He notified the board chairman as any respectable person would do as a courtesy. I am sure he told them in confidence.

Now had he kept his application a secret, people would be screaming too.

4. Mr. Bearden has been on the job less than 2 years. So he only had his hands on the budget 2 times, and most likely only once. The board voted to approve the budgets. They didn't have to. No one put a gun to their head. The cuts should have been made a long time ago.

5. I really don't understand the bloggers dislike of Pressburg. The man didn't make the rules. When he was appointed, he was appointed by the rules we set. Since his appointment, he has been the most involved and accessible board member. Just ask anyone. There is nothing in his voting record that makes me believe that he isn't capable of performing his duties.

6. Smith and Smola have their fingerprints all over our problems based on their voting record. We need to get rid of smith on Tuesday.

7. This won't be the end. I guarantee there will be harder decisions to make in the coming months. Fewer schools, less busing, people laid off. You ain't seen nothing yet.

suggarfoot's picture

If there is anything underhanded going on with the schools, why do we always find Smith and Smola at the bottom of it?

There is no reason, if they were looking out for the children, (we know they don't) to have ..NOT...have told the other two, Key and Todd.

Their actions are always for the benifit and everyone BUT the children and the taxpayers.

If there is a lawyer in the house, please look at all the deals that have been mentioned in this paper...(schools built in cow pastures far from the cities, but next to the developers lands.... Smith's hubby is a developer) and figure out a way to sue the hell out of these people and get it over with once and for all!!!

Shame on Bearden and the complete board for the mess we are in. Bearden scammed us, and part of the board was in on it. And the tax payers will pay the price.

I am fed up with all of our board members and I hope people will remember this at election time. We might not be able to vote Keyes out, but we can get rid of Smith. We will have to wait on Todd.

If all of this does not wake up the citizens of this county and they take some action during election times, I don't know what will.

Not Bearden or the board members have their attention on what is best for our students in the classroom and what is necessary to keep our schools at their best!

americanpatriots's picture

The comptroller's stupid monthly forecasts have led to incredibly bad decisions.

Over the last five years I have commented numerous times about the inaccurate and totally ridiculous monthly forecasts the Comptroller of the Fayette County School Board prepares each month.

Click on the following links to view the forecasts for July and September.

https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4067&AID=3...

https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4067&AID=4...

In three short months, the Comptroller’s forecast changed from an estimated fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, 6/30/13, from $800K to $4.2 million. Brock’s forecasts for several years have been this inaccurate month after month, and year after year.

The Board and two School Superintendents have made incredibly bad decisions based on Brock’s inaccurate monthly forecasts.

I won’t bore you with the spreadsheet analysis I prepared of how bad Brock’s forecasts have been, but in one month the estimated fund balance changed by $16 million.

Based on my five years of detailed analysis, I estimate the fund balance at the end of the fiscal year will be about $10 million – not $800 thousand!

The school superintendent's lack of understanding finance and his complete failure to lead, has resulted in him burning through $26 milion of our rainy day fund balance.

NUK_1's picture

Unfortunately, neither DeCotis or Bearden got rid of Brock which has seemed like a no-brainer to me for years. Same would go for Sam Sweat and some other inept employees at the BOE administration. I don't know how anyone can be so incompetent and can manage to still be employed. Oh wait...yes I can.

Then again, there are those who blame the "state cuts" on her horrendous financial reporting and forecasts as well as a lack of relevant and accurate information when it is needed or even demanded. Yep, let's blame the "state" instead when all school systems across GA had to deal with the same cuts over and over. Sheesh.

Glad you're back to hold the BOE's feet to the fire because it cannot be stressed enough how poorly the BOE is doing. Forget test results and everything else academically when it's being held together with smoke and mirrors and, no, things are actually in really awful shape right now and several schools are going to be closed and a lot of employees gone.

Way past time to get serious about correcting problems that SHOULD have been corrected long before a 15-20mil deficit was staring everyone in the face and that any idiot could have seen coming unless they relied solely on Brock's reports.

americanpatriots's picture

The comptroller's stupid monthly forecasts have led to incredibly bad decisions.

Over the last five years I have commented numerous times about the inaccurate and totally ridiculous monthly forecasts the Comptroller of the Fayette County School Board prepares each month.

Click on the following links to view the forecasts for July and September.

https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4067&AID=3...

https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4067&AID=4...

In three short months, the Comptroller’s forecast changed from an estimated fund balance at the end of the fiscal year, 6/30/13, from $800K to $4.2 million. Brock’s forecasts for several years have been this inaccurate month after month, and year after year.

The Board and two School Superintendents have made incredibly bad decisions based on Brock’s inaccurate monthly forecasts.

I won’t bore you with the spreadsheet analysis I prepared of how bad Brock’s forecasts have been, but in one month the estimated fund balance changed by $16 million.

Based on my five years of detailed analysis, I estimate the fund balance at the end of the fiscal year will be about $10 million – not $800 thousand!

The school superintendent's lack of understanding budgeting and finance, and his complete failure to lead, have resulted in him burning through $26 milion of our rainy day fund balance.

americanpatriots's picture

Oops, don't know how that happened.

Mr Richter
In your 5 year analysis did you factor in the $75 million in State of GA funding cuts which they can implement in a 30 day notice?

$75 million in cuts over 5 years averages, $7 1/2 million per year but of course the cuts have varied from year to year.

Should FCBOE consider hiring a financial planner? Maybe?

That would be a great suggestion you could make in a letter to the board.

We have new FCBOE members.... Nows your opportunity to have a great impact and offer to get involved.

Let's be positive and constructive how about emailing Marchman,Todd,Keyes, Presburg and the 2 candidates.
I'm sure they will welcome the input!

In fact, email Mr. Presburg, ask for lunch, I suspect he will meet with you to discuss!

Actually, can I join you? How's the week of Nov 12?

Now is the time for all patriots to take action instead of blog!
Help create the change.

Email me at Sussberg@aol.com and I'll give you Mr Presburg's FCBOE email account if you don't already have it.

Thanks
Larry

NUK_1's picture

None of this is "new" to this year and people have been howling about it for several years, like before Rivers was even built. Why do you think the ESPLOST failed twice before it was passed?

Why do you have your head in the sand that Terri Smith of all people or Presburg have any idea what they are doing? Smith and Smola have a track record of utter disaster and their boys Bearden and Presburg have done exactly WHAT to address the problems before it got so deep that Bearden negotiated his way out of the system, Smola retired instead of getting humiliated, and Smith switched to being a Democrat in order to have a snowball's chance in hell at re-election.

You cannot move forward until you understand the problems that brought you to the this point. It's not the state funding cuts that you continually mention every damn day and seemingly forget that EVERY BOE has had to deal with that issue, Larry, EVERY BOE. Not just Fayette. What you should be asking is why was Fayette so pathetically unable to deal with these cuts that other BOE's have been able to manage without blowing through 20mil in reserves and then facing a 15-20mil in ONE YEAR?

Stop making apologies and BS about this fiasco and admit "we have a serious problem." A couple of months ago, you had no idea who Laura Brock the comptroller for the BOE even was. don't pretend like you have any idea what the hell you are talking about because it's obvious you don't.

No, I have been asleep, but I did recently decide to get involved and many of the people I have met have been very open and nice.

So... Get involved with me. Both you and AP have a lot to say here, so let's do something positive and constructive.

Let's set up a lunch with as many board members who will meet and let's talk!

I don't think it will be hard and we may have a positive result instead of shredding here on this blog. It's not like trying to speak with the PTC mayor.

So lets do it! Email me at Sussberg@aol.com

Lets try to make some changes. Harping on the past is a waste of time. There are new people on the board, we could express our concerns about the finances and what they might want to consider in a new superintendent. Now has never been a more perfect time.

I'll try to set it up, I'll even pay for lunch, otherwise I'll drink your famous drink! Lol

It is a shame that the Tea Party (the same type of attack is on the Fayette County Issues Tea Party website)has to stoop to personal attacks on employees instead of dealing with the issues. It is understandable to criticize elected board members and the superintendent (comes with the position), but the school system employees (and I am not one) are working at the direction of the board and superintendent. If this is representative of the type of discussion the Tea Party conducts, I guess I didn't miss too much at the Tuesday night monthly gripe session at Whitewater Estates. I think it is quite inappropriate for this comment section. Apparently, "americapatriots" has a personal axe to grind. The editor should not allow this. I'd like to hear if the Tea Party has any other solutions besides fire everybody.

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I don't see it as personal attack when a government employee fails to do their job in anything resembling a "competent fashion." Sorry, but americanpatriots and the Teas have this one completely right. You cannot have a financial director who has no idea what they are doing at all and it shows.

I may disagree with AP on other things(a lot actually), but he speaks the truth in this case and has been for quite a while.

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I think fc1989 is tired of reading all the belly aching.
Do something . Meet with new board members. Try getting involved, same with AP.

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