Fayette BoE asks artificial turf question in online survey

A request by parents at last week’s meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education to consider having synthetic turf included on a potential upcoming education sales tax (E-SPLOST) extension and installed on the fields at the county’s five high schools has led to a survey on the proposal. The survey will be available on the school system’s website through March 23.

The proposal advocating for the synthetic turf came from Whitewater High School parent Darrell Baker and McIntosh High School parent Sally Herman. Superintendent Jeff Bearden at the end of the presentation said he would develop a survey for inclusion on the school system’s website.

Spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach on Monday said the school system would like community input for adding athletic field turf to the E-SPLOST if voters are asked to approve a referendum for renewal in the future.

“It is has been proposed that the board of education add the installation of turf fields at each high school to the E-SPLOST if the board decides to ask voters to extend the current one-cent sales tax,” Berry-Dreisbach said.

The total cost for all five high school fields to have turf installed would be an estimated $3.12 million and would carry a 10-year lifetime. Herman said that having synthetic turf re-surfaced after 10 years amounts to about 60 percent of the original cost since some of the work would not have to be repeated.

Berry-Dreisbach said the current one-cent local option sales tax for education (E-SPLOST) approved by the voters of Fayette County in 2008 will expire in 2013. This E-SPLOST has paid for various technology upgrades (21st Century Classroom), new schoolbuses, textbooks, and facility improvements and renovations. It has also helped to reduce the bond debt and lower the millage rate for homeowners, she said.

State law prohibits E-SPLOST monies from being used for salaries or instructional materials. The funds can only be used to pay for capital projects or to retire debt, Berry-Dreisbach said.

Berry-Dreisbach said projects funded by E-SPLOST proceeds are prioritized by the board of education. If turf fields were included on the project list, they would be prioritized based on the importance of need when compared to other identified projects.

Go to the school system’s webpage, www.fcboe.org, to view the presentation made at the March 5 workshop and take the one-question survey. The survey will remain on the site through March 23.

Herman at the March 5 meeting said the initial cost of turf fields is high, though over a 10-year period those fields cost less to maintain than grass fields. Outlining the total cost of installing and maintaining grass fields and synthetic fields over 10 years, Herman said grass fields come in at $480,500 while turf fields have a cost of $629,000. Noting that there is more to the story, Herman said that grass fields over 10 years can sustain 10,000 hours of play while turf fields can accommodate 30,000 hours of play. That difference translates into a per hour cost of $48 for grass fields and $21 for artificial turf fields, she said.

“It boils down to grass not being able to take the amount of play consistently. The fields are decimated after spring sports,” Baker said, noting the difficulty parents have in getting the fields in shape for the sports coming up later in the year. It is an expense paid not be the school system, but by booster clubs and parents.

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School closings

So the BoE has decided to look at which schools to close - which ones will they be.........the couple million dollar question

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wanttoknow- i want to know where you learned math.

i was told by a head football coach that the average cost for maintaining a football field was around $20K a year. But he also said that the cost for the turf and installation would top $250K. If you did all the high school fields youre looking at 1.25 million. and what government project ever ran on budget? Plus, if youre using a splost to collect the funds, it will take time. so that means they wont even all be done at once. so this tax is going to be around for a looong time, if you wait to get the money before you start construction and then only build in the summers when no one is using the field.

yes its true that people from other counties shop here, but by far the greatest amount of dollars spent in this county are by the residents. So you want the entire county to pay more, on top of property taxes, to fund something only a few hundred kids at each school benefit from, and does NOTHING to enhance the prestige or success of the county school system.

And all of this for something that at best will have a 12.5 yr payoff time to just break even?

And were not even going to get into the studies that have shown people are injured more often on astroturf than on grass.

Dude, wheres your common sense?

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with this picture?

How many students benefit from this expense? What is the cost per student?

Why do other students not have the same benefit allotted to them that the jocks get?

What of the student that simply wants to study math? Has no interest in sports. Doesn't have "team spirit" and studies her heart out with the dream of entering a top rated university. Is she any less "well rounded" for excelling in mathematics? Qualified for MIT because her SAT scores and intellect are so high, she is denied the extra money she needs to study quantum mechanics in high school. Her allocated funds dumped on some football field. Thus she fails to attain her goal of entering MIT because someone somewhere decided that artificial turf was essential to a well rounded "education".

Therefore, she's not graduated from MIT, her job at Lawrence Livermore never happens and she doesn't discover the origin of dark matter and the folly of the space time continuum. She never rewrites string theory helping mankind to understand the origins of the universe and it's connection to a greater power. She ends up working crossword puzzles in her spare time after getting off work as the assistant manager at Burger King in Fayetteville.

Oh the humanity!!

Now let's all get serious about the definition of education and what it takes to be "successful". Come on people!

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Some numbers for you

the average high school in this county has about 1500 kids. At approx $250K for a field, thats about $167 per student. but if you add up all the football players, track and field, flag corps and marching band, you are talking maybe 400 kids. No other student would ever be allowed to step foot on the field until graduation. so cost per kid who will actually USE the field. is more like $625 per kid. Extra spending on the backs of citizens for something that will not do a single thing to make the school system better.
For some reason iwanttoknow seems to think that a well rounded education is critical, and i agree, he just hasnt explained why the kids cant get a well rounded education on grass.

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Artificial Turf

The taxpayers will have an opportunity to elect some leaders that will have some reapect for the taxpayer this year. Our school system is generally successful, but it is not spending our funds in a frugal manner. We have two whole schools that we do not need that have to be maintained. We are considering an IT proposal that will take licensing and software maintenance fees from $40,000/year to $540,000 per year. Apparently there are no vendors who could do anything in between the two. We need some new blood in the administration and management. How many less-than-fulltime employees are receiving the Cadillac benefits plan furnished by our Schools taxes?

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Deep pockets and big banners

What percentage of kids play sports? People don't pick communities based on sports teams; choices are based on school excellence. Clearly the athletic coaches wield a mighty stick to even get this on a ballot. The politically motivated selection of teams should be examined; those with deep pockets, big banners and marginal talent make the cut. This field proposal benefits a select few. The property value argument is not valid: home values are about %70 of what they were 5 years ago and a fancy field won't help that! Providing state of the art facilities to an elite group is ridiculous. Why don't we attract more businesses into the county to hep fund the schools? Ashley Park must pay some great taxes for Coweta county schools! There needs to be a solution to help the entire school system, not just the chosen ones. Allow the athletes who use the facility to fund them: I will support AP classes, technology, teachers, music and arts.

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Damnyankee. . . . What part

Damnyankee. . . . What part of well rounded education do you not get? Every kid has talents that need to be developed and athletics is just one part of that. As for having kids who participate pay for the activities, kids who are in arts and music (band, chorus, ect) also have booster clubs and parents who make donations to allow kids to participate, regardless of their ability to pay. That's what's great about Fayette County school boosters. . . . we don't exclude a child because of their ability to play or pay. Also, all school athletic facilities are used for other activities such as PE classes, track & field events, graduation, band & flag corp contests, ect. There is not an elite group but many students benefiting from field improvements.

As for politically motivated selections of teams, my children have been on both ends of that stick. . . as both starters and bench riders. Whether you want to admit it or not, students learn other life lessons even from this. . . (1) Sometimes life is not fair; (2)Sometimes it's who you know,not what you know; (3) You don't alwasy get what you want and (4)Sometimes you have to get out there and prove your worth to get what you want. Amazing. . . these are all things that I found out in the business world after I left Mommy and Daddy's wing. It's a big world out there and our kids need to see the ugly reality of it sometimes to be able to deal with it later in life. Better to learn earlier than later so that when they get in that real world, they can actually be competitive.

If you had been at the meeting where the request was made, you would have known that the request was submitted as an addition to any capital improvements, technology needs or day to day expenses that were deemed necessary for a 2014 SPOST request. That meant BEHIND all other expenses as yes, we believe classroom needs come 1st. Also, figures were given to show how the installation of the turf saved hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the product. This is a benefit as it frees up funds in the future for other areas in the budget, such as classroom instruction, technology, band, art, chorale and other areas of need for the schools. I wouldn't even have a problem with improvements to music facilities coming ahead of the turf.

And for your information, my kids participated in sports, the arts, AP and regular classes in school. I have supported not only athletics, but also teachers, music and the arts through the volunteering of my time and my money at all 3 levels of FCBOE education for over 20 years. As a matter of fact, I have volunteered for the last 2 years and continue to do so even though I no longer have children in the schools simply due to my love of the kids. Before you complain about these requests, know all the facts please. The groups bringing these request are not doing so because of their "deep pockets", but because of that same love of our county's kids and their desire to see our county maintain it's rank as one of the best in the state.

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Wanttoknow - your boosters aren't the only ones

"As for having kids who participate pay for the activities, kids who are in arts and music (band, chorus, ect) also have booster clubs and parents who make donations to allow kids to participate, regardless of their ability to pay. That's what's great about Fayette County school boosters. . . . we don't exclude a child because of their ability to play or pay"

While this sounds real good and I'm sure that your heart is in the right place, please don't try to make everyone believe that the Booster's do this out of the goodness of their hearts. The fact is that the State of Georgia requires that any after school activity not exclude any student that does not have the ability to pay. Trust me, Boosters all over the State do this, not just Fayette county.

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Well rounded?

What part of well rounded requires a fancy playing field? Yes, life lessons are learned on the field....It is just not necessary to learn those lessons on a new field. Yes, the arts do have booster clubs, but I didn't read where a new theater or instruments are being asked for. I appreciate your passion for this project. I believe there are many other things that should take priority over playing fields.

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Artificial turf saving myth

That myth of turf saving money over natural was shot down in the last blogging go round with evidence and studies from universities and experts that have both types of field ..... BYU .....University of Arkansas .....University of Missouri ....,Etc unbiased sources ... so money saver .... Hmmm that dog won't hunt... So tuck your tail between your legs and kennel those hounds til the next go round.

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In Light Of The Present Economy

it seems that most Fayette parents would be more interested in feeding, clothing, educating, and providing a roof over the heads of their children rather than spending their money on turf.

For many years I also had children involved in team sports activities within our school system. And, yes, the parents provided what was required for their children's participation. Even in good economic times, none of us felt that it was other parents' responsibility to provide extra activity necessities for our children.

The Fayette County Board of Education is in the business of educating our kids.

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is it just me or has someone

danced off to la-la-land? People have been losing their jobs, houses, etc for a couple of years now. We can't pay the teachers...and we are talking about artificial turf? I can't believe you are serious

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wanttoknow

Since you support the bypass and are so extremely interested in raising property values, perhaps you would be interested in coming by my house and watch as the bypass bulldozers destroy my property values along with the houses on Tillman and Janice Drive. So far, those machines have gobbled up approximately 4 acres of my property.

My neighbor's property values dropped by $100,000 because the bypass is taking a portion of their front yard. Maybe I should tell them to take heart because stadium turf will surely raise their property values along with all the other bypass homes.

wanttoknow, I know that recreational turf is important to you and your cause. However, I really can't see as how all taxpayers and homeowners are going to benefit.

Come by and watch the bulldozers. THAT is an education in itself. Just the other day the workers literally destroyed the engine of one of those hugely expensive machines by trying to drag 200 hundred year old trees out of my back yard.

It's all a matter of priority!!!

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Ginga. . . . That bypass will

Ginga. . . . That bypass will provide a direct route to I85 for many in our and surrounding counties, relief to downtown congestion in the Fayetteville area if the other end is ever completed, and possibly lessen congestion in the PTC crossroads at 74 (Try getting through there during rush hour). I know we all moved here for the peace and quiet but times are a changin' and we can choose to be progressive and plan ahead for the change or sit aside and have the same messes that you see when you go to Roswell, Alpharetta, ect in the next 15 years. Timing may have been off due to economic downfall, but in the long run, it is a good investment.

As for your personal change, I am sorry that you lost 4 acres and your neighbor's loss in property value. However I'm pretty sure that you were paid market value for them. Otherwise, you'd be suing for the worth. Whether or not that payment compensated your for your "emotional" value, I truly doubt that you'd find anyone who would say that they were glad that their property was forced to sell for a road either.

As for your neighbor's loss of property value, I would be willing to bet that a substantial amount of that loss is related to the horrible economy vs. the actual road construction. I hate to see the trees go too, but you are right that it is a matter of priorty. Just don't expect everyone to agree that your priority is theirs also. I don't expect mine to be yours and understand that I will not always get my way in every dealing that I have with the government (federal or county).

The school board didn't ask me if I wanted the boundary changed either 10 years ago, so I dealt with it, sold my house and moved so that my kids were where I wanted them to be. I went to board meetings too but once that change was made, I chose deal with change, not complain about it. I would suggest that those of you who continue to beat that dead horse do the same.

All taxpayers benefit when our excellent school system (with the outstanding athletics programs) attract families who can afford all of these expensive, empty home in our county. When families move in, they will spend money at local businesses and hopefully bring with them the children to fill up those empty schools that you and several others constantly complain about in your blogs. More children to teach, equates to less layoffs of teaching staff, our FCBOE retaining funds we are now getting from the state for teacher salaries, ect. Those schools would have been close to full if the economy would not have crashed due to the bad economy.

Whether you and the others who consistantly berate the school board choose to admit it or not, NONE of the FCBOE board members or their staff, or for that fact - the Fayco County Commissioners had a crystal ball to predict that impending financial doom. We have to deal with the financial problems we have now but also continue to plan ahead because whether you believe it or not, better times will return. . . eventually. I expect our elected officials to do the same.

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Turf Fields for Fayette County Schools

No Suggar. . .No one is in La-La-Land. As a former president of a high school booster club, I know about the costs and upkeep of sports facilities. In order to keep our school system at the top in this state, we have to have a school system that is attractive to all students, and that includes those interested in an all-around education that includes athletics and arts programs. One reason that Fayette County has been attractive all these years to newcomers is due to the execellent schools and their fantastic athletic programs that are in part successful due to execellent facilities. This is also a way to rebuild our county's economy as when families move here because of our excellent schools and athletic programs, they buy some of the many empty properties causing housing values (and the tax base) to grow and stablize. There is a direct corelation to execellent schools and property values.

For many years, most of the upkeep for athletic facilities in this county have been dropped into the laps and wallets of the few dedicated parents of kids who played sports rather than having been paid for by the FCBOE. This has allowed for funds that would have been used for field maintenance to be used towards other educational expenses. Thousand of hours of volunteer time have been spent on the upkeep and parents are continually asked to donate services, supplies and time out of their pockets to allow our schools to have some of the best sports programs in this state. Also, I note that not all parents of athletes volunteer as many of us were volunteering our time and money when others were unable to afford to do. This enabled our school system to have athletic programs to allow kids to play regardless of their ability to afford to play. As a direct result, many kids in the county graduated to go to college on full athletic scholarships when they may have not been able to afford college otherwise due to family finances.

Newcomers from other areas are flabergasted that they are asked to pay for athletic participation as they have moved from excellent school systems that provide this for free. THEIR OLD SCHOOL SYSTEMS VALUED A WELL ROUNDED EDUCATION THAT INCLUDES SPORTING ACTIVITIES.

As you say, people have lost jobs, homes, ect., and due to that our pockets are too are running dry from a standpoint of receiving constant requests for donations to our schools for additional funds and volunteer hours. Many of us are now working extra hours or two jobs to make ends meet and no longer have the time or money to continue these donations. As every property owner will benefit directly or indirectly from the benefit of excellence of our schools, hence you should required to be a participant in helping keep them that way. By using a SPLOST to fund this, we are actually requesting that YOU get a break on this expense by asking all of those shoppers who come from outside Fayette County to help pay for those items. Learn about what a SPLOST is before you start saying that the cost of the fields will affect teacher's salaries or any other bill incurred for the day to day running of our school system. SPLOSTs are for capital improvements - NOT SALARIES.

Those of us who have been so generous, will see a return on our investment dollars in this county (as will you) if we continue to provide a top notch product in our schools.

Learn more about this before you pop off with one of you typical little tyraids. By the way, I supported the bypass too! Not everyone thinks like the few of you who constantly attack the FCBOE and the other governmental bodies in this county. And yes, I have attended FCBOE meetings and have worked well with the board, school administrators and teachers to get positive things done in this county. If you spent more time working with others instead of trying to get people "Worked Up", maybe people would be more interested in what you say.

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Seems like maybe someone should have been spending some of

that cash for remedial spelling classes--just sayin'

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Mytmite

you talkin to me?

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Nooo, talking to another blogger but "if the turf fits"---------

Sorry, just couldn't help myself.

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MYTMITE & Spelling

I'm betting it has something to do with "witch" or "tirade"--or both!

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Yeppee, sure does.

Makes you want to make sure they are teaching the three "R"s Readin, 'Ritin' and 'rithmetic, DONT it?

So we vote for and get that beautiful artificial turf and the players can't even spell it---but hey it looks great and maybe one or two can get an athletic scholarship--so all is good.

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MYTMITE & Scholarships

Both of our kids made it without participating in ANY HS Sports and seem not to have suffered from it at all! Must be a miracle.

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Gym, though it is nice to believe in miracles and I believe

there may even be a touch of sarcasm there--I am sure both of your children got those scholarships because of brain power and being taught correctly by you and your spouse--. Always nice to hear---congrats!

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MYTMITE & Scholarships

Nice of you to interpret it that way but I took "Scholarships" from your post about turf! We paid the full load, minus what they earned by working (and they both did). And somehow that turf stuff all reminds me of the saying "Dumber than dirt"--I'm sure there's a connection there somewhere!

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Wanttoknow, you need to think a little harder.

Did you know that the county is cutting teacher jobs by another 75 or so after this school year? Did you know teachers will be taking another 3-4% pay cut next year? On top of the hundred or so positions that have been eliminated over the last few years and on top of the 7-10% pay cuts teachers have taken over the last few years. And thats not even counting the increased share of benefits they must pay for and the lack of COLA increases.

you know what makes a school system great? not the buildings, not the busses and damn sure not astroturf. Its the faculty and staff. When my own parents moved to this county in '89 we settled in fayetteville because they asked where the good schools were and thats where we went, regardless of the elevated home prices. you want to know how many times my parents asked if the football field had turf on it or not? You guessed it, zero.

Many of you dont realize that you are losing quality teacher to lower quality school systems like clayton, coweta and henry because they pay more. How many people realize that even though fayette is one of the top school systems in the state, we have the lowest paid teachers in the metro area. Wantoknow, when they (quality teachers)leave, who will be left to make your kids do well on tests then? All the turf in the world wont give your kids a good SAT score moron.

Newcomers are flabbergasted at having to pay booster fees? I seriously doubt that statement. And even if it is true, so what? Those parents move to this county for these schools for a reason, and its not the athletic departments.

Not to mention, we live in a consumer economy, at least for a little while longer anyway. Not every child uses the atletic facilities at a school. Why should they (their parents) pay for them then? I have never met a football coach that would let an ordinary student anywhere near the football field lest they risk "messing it up." Even football players only use the field on gamedays. So why should parents of students who dont play football ( a %100 extracurricular activity) pay for turf on a field their student arent even allowed to step foot on? How does that seem fair?

If it is a burden on some families to donate more or pay for booster fees, then maybe its a good time to sit down with your kids and explain to them that you cant have everything you want, all the time. its called reality. Children need to see a little of it here and there.

If not having to pay for their childs athletic participation fees was really such a big deal to them, they wouldnt have abandoned the schools where it was free in favor of coming here, would they?

You are correct, due to current law the ESPLOST cannot be used for salaries, but why not change that? Wouldnt that be a better use of the money? Attracting high quality teachers and retaining high quality teachers is not worth your tax dollars apparently, yet you profess to support "well rounded" educations. If money suddenly rained down from the sky and every school in georgia suddenly put in turf fields, are you telling me and other people in this forum that clayton county and fulton county school systems would suddenly be as good as fayettes? Of course they wouldnt, so turf really has nothing to do with quality of education, does it?

Those counties arent as good as ours, but they will be soon, if all our teachers leave for other counties to avoid not having to take yet another pay cut. turf or no turf.

Installing turf on fields when teacher positions are being cut (again) teachers are taking pay cuts (again) and teachers will have to pay more of their benefits (again) would be an enormous slap in the face to every teacher in this county.

When all the quality educators have left, the school system is in the toilet and your property values have tanked with it you can take comfort in knowing you have super awesome turf fields to make up for it.

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I want to know how one is so daft

Really IWK are you that daft or egocentric.... With the current fiscal crisis facing the boe...lala land.. Daft.. Illogical take your pick they all fit.... In as far as splost use ....
If you get your ESPLOST...I hope your intelligent enough to realize that esplost money can be used for text books , facilities etc  or portions thereof currently paid for from the regular budget using non- splost funds therefore freeing up some of those funds that CAN then be used to help pay personnel and prevent layoffs / furloughs . 
You can see that Right or are you saying if it's your child's teacher or any faculty or staff member  has to be let go its still ok as long as you get artificial turf.

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Turf Fields for Fayette County Schools

No Suggar. . .No one is in La-La-Land. As a former president of a high school booster club, I know about the costs and upkeep of sports facilities. In order to keep our school system at the top in this state, we have to have a school system that is attractive to all students, and that includes those interested in an all-around education that includes athletics and arts programs. One reason that Fayette County has been attractive all these years to newcomers is due to the execellent schools and their fantastic athletic programs that are in part successful due to execellent facilities. This is also a way to rebuild our county's economy as when families move here because of our excellent schools and athletic programs, they buy some of the many empty properties causing housing values (and the tax base) to grow and stablize. There is a direct corelation to execellent schools and property values.

For many years, most of the upkeep for athletic facilities in this county have been dropped into the laps and wallets of the few dedicated parents of kids who played sports rather than having been paid for by the FCBOE. This has allowed for funds that would have been used for field maintenance to be used towards other educational expenses. Thousand of hours of volunteer time have been spent on the upkeep and parents are continually asked to donate services, supplies and time out of their pockets to allow our schools to have some of the best sports programs in this state. Also, I note that not all parents of athletes volunteer as many of us were volunteering our time and money when others were unable to afford to do. This enabled our school system to have athletic programs to allow kids to play regardless of their ability to afford to play. As a direct result, many kids in the county graduated to go to college on full athletic scholarships when they may have not been able to afford college otherwise due to family finances.

Newcomers from other areas are flabergasted that they are asked to pay for athletic participation as they have moved from excellent school systems that provide this for free. THEIR OLD SCHOOL SYSTEMS VALUED A WELL ROUNDED EDUCATION THAT INCLUDES SPORTING ACTIVITIES.

As you say, people have lost jobs, homes, ect., and due to that our pockets are too are running dry from a standpoint of receiving constant requests for donations to our schools for additional funds and volunteer hours. Many of us are now working extra hours or two jobs to make ends meet and no longer have the time or money to continue these donations. As every property owner will benefit directly or indirectly from the benefit of excellence of our schools, hence you should required to be a participant in helping keep them that way. By using a SPLOST to fund this, we are actually requesting that YOU get a break on this expense by asking all of those shoppers who come from outside Fayette County to help pay for those items. Learn about what a SPLOST is before you start saying that the cost of the fields will affect teacher's salaries or any other bill incurred for the day to day running of our school system. SPLOSTs are for capital improvements - NOT SALARIES.

Those of us who have been so generous, will see a return on our investment dollars in this county (as will you) if we continue to provide a top notch product in our schools.

Learn more about this before you pop off with one of you typical little tyraids. By the way, I supported the bypass too! Not everyone thinks like the few of you who constantly attack the FCBOE and the other governmental bodies in this county. And yes, I have attended FCBOE meetings and have worked well with the board, school administrators and teachers to get positive things done in this county. If you spent more time working with others instead of trying to get people "Worked Up", maybe people would be more interested in what you say.

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