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Fayette’s soon-to-be inner city school

Some parents of Fayette County believe there is a future inner city school right near Tyrone, Ga. Although Sandy Creek High School has had many academic and athletic successes, lately student behavior at Sandy Creek has led us to believe that the successes of the past are overshadowing the future of this once great high school.

My child has attended Sandy Creek and has indicated to me that the student behavior is getting out of control. Fights, student disruptions in class, back-talking teachers, leaving class whenever they want, electronic devices, throwing things in class, profanity towards teachers and bullying are quite common now, where that was not the case years ago, according to my child.

I am very close to my children and love to hear them talk about their daily routine and how they are doing at school only to hear how great the teachers are and how disruptive many students can be.

My child can’t even complete assignments because of the disruptive students. I inquire, “What does the teacher do?”

My child responds, “I was sitting in one class where a disruptive student was out of control. The teacher sent the student out and on the way out, the disruption continued, and the disruptive student responded by saying, ‘Nothing will happen to me. I have [school official]; she’s my friend.’”

Later, I realized that my child was referring to [an administrator] at Sandy Creek.

My child has also disclosed to me that certain athletes get away with all but murder because they are under the care of [another school administrator].

My question is this: What is going on at Sandy Creek? Why is the administration so lax in doing a single thing like maintaining discipline so our children can learn? Are our children learning as much as they could without all the disruptions in classes and fights in the hallways?

Why are higher authorities allowing the administration at Sandy Creek to get away with allowing assistant principals to do nothing? And most importantly, what is going to happen at Sandy Creek if the present trend continues?

We moved to Fayette County for the excellent reputation that Fayette County schools had, but now I realize that the reputation does not apply at Sandy Creek anymore. I am concerned about Sandy Creek’s new reputation, the possibility of my child’s chance at HOPE scholarship and property values in the community where we reside.

Concerned Parent

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I'm not poking fun at anyone.

I'm not poking fun at anyone. I apologize for my spelling mistakes. I know you have had a hard time in Tyrone from all of your posts, but I'm am truly offended when someone says that Sandy Creek is an inner city school. It's NOT true!

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It is not an inter city school

But let us face it....kids show their butts, and especially when Mama and Daddy aren't around.

When mine was in about the 3rd grade...I lived in Tucker and worked at their airport... Delta is not very forgiving about you having to leave todo with your kids. I'm afraid my child acted up and I had to go all the way back in the middle of the day. He hated school and felt if I came n got him he would get to stay home for the rest of the day.

What I told him at home that night stuck with him. I said if you want to act up again, that is fine, but when you do, the next time I come I will take you to the front of the class and give you a spanking in front of your friends. Then I will leave you there. His eyes got as big as saucers cause he knew I would do it....He never did it again.

Maybe some of these kids should be done the same by their parents. These schools can't be Mama and Daddy. But Presberg is dead wrong. They are not all little keibler elves.

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PTCAvenger...Wait..are you saying what I think you're saying??

Are you saying you are sad that Fayette County doesn't have as many white people anymore ....or are you sad because its not safe...or are you saying its not safe because there aren't as many white people anymore? Please clarify, I'm about to be sick to my stomach and desperately want you to clarify what you mean.

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Guilty on all counts.

Guilty on all counts.

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Fayette County Schools are not all excellent

Fayette County has *two* excellent high schools as far as government schools go. But Sandy Creek is not one of them. Concerned parents would do well to avoid the district. There are about 176 high school districts in GA that would serve your kids better.

From the 2011 GA HS report card, gaosa.org, GA SAT ranking:

McIntosh 15th
Starrs Mill 23rd
Whitewater 80th
Fayette County HS 85th
Sandy Creek 177th

As Fayette county continues to redistrict Sandy Creek's numbers will rise while McIntosh and Starrs Mill will fall, leaving the county with more consistent yet more mediocre high school performance.

Steve

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What is going on at Sandy Creek???

Concerned parent - "... that was not the case YEARS ago, according to my child." Exactly how many years has your child been at Sandy Creek??? To be such a reliable reporter of such grave deterioration in conditions from YEARS AGO??? It sounds like your child failed to matriculate in the normal four years to have such a long-range perspective and that that is somehow someone's fault who played football at some point. Really???

Winning football is not the overwhelming goal of everyone affiliated with Sandy Creek, whether parent, student, coach, or administrator. The coaches will not hesitate to bench a starting football player for inappropriate behavior or unacceptable grades. More than one has responded to him, "You can't win that game tonight without me on the field." Coach's answer is - you're still out until you get it together academically and behaviorally. It's unfortunate that so many believe you can produce state championship titles and simultaneously allow football players to be undisplined in any other area of their lives. It simply can't be done that way. Their winning begins with having all other areas of their lives in order; and from that starting point and the unified efforts of parents and administrators and coaches, they tirelessly hone their considerable athletic skills until they win. When they do win at the state level, they bring home a cash purse to their school used to fund all the other athletic programs at the school. Their program is not even the only beneficiary of those funds. The football players do a job and earn for that job for their school. They cannot do that if allowed to be undisciplined in other areas of their lives.

Interestingly, Walker and the other coaches are also opposed to winning football while playing in a poorly executed or sloppy fashion. We also don't play dirty football. I was interested to learn that the team got really chewed out one half time for being up by nearly 50 at the half and low to no score from the opposition - because they were not playing the caliber of football taught to them and expected of them and that they are capable of. The football coaches are teaching these young men to work, to respect others, to study, and many other values that come first to them - long before winning. It just so happens that when you learn to work and be disciplined in these other areas, you connect that excellence in your sport also - because they bring that work ethic to the field with them. Football talent is never enough up there, because football talent is not enough when they leave Sandy Creek. One of my favorite sayings, because it describes our ethic up there - Winners train until they win, champions train until they cannot fail. The SC boys are champions first in many of the life skills being developed. Football or any athletic endeavors up there are used quite simply as the means or vehicle to teach many other values and to prepare them academically for their futures. And if your child is not interested in competing athletically, they have wonderful music, art, drama programs - the list is almost endless. You just have to pick your area of interest and do your very best - that's what is expected. They produced one of the most outstanding yearbooks I've ever seen this year.

Preparing each child adequately for life after Sandy Creek is the overwhelming goal of everyone out there. Sandy Creek offers many opportunities to a huge variety of students to develop many, many other talents - not just athletics and not just football. As a new freshman parent, I was pleasantly surprised by a list of such extra-curricular activities available to almost any talent or interest one would have at that level. I don't experience Sandy Creek as a "football" school only as some express and find it unfortunate that anyone looks at Sandy Creek and thinks only of football; you miss all the other great features and achievements at that school if you view it so narrowly. My greatest frustration during my time here may, in fact, be that football and Wind Ensemble for my freshman/rising sophomore require so much time from me that I am unable to take in other worthwhile performances or achievements going on by students in other areas.

Anybody with any genuine concern about what is going on at Sandy Creek especially concerns about how the football program is run - by all means, join us at 6:20 AM in January 2014 for football strength training - yes, that is just a matter days after we either win or don't win our next state title. We will have 15 sessions at 6:20 AM next January and February as beginning our preparation for our next title run. Spend the day and watch how the football athletes behave and/or are disciplined for misbehaving. After seeing the boys report at 6:20 AM, weight train during the day while they take care of their class work, usually train after school for their "off season" sport - football training is never really off, most just pick up a second sport for the purpose of cross training or just doing something else they enjoy - you will start to get a glimpse of what is being achieved up there. Or jump in near the end of July when the boys jump to two long workout sessions every other day in the July/August heat. Not really going to know anything accurate about what goes on at Sandy Creek without being a part of it. Feel free to observe any time - you will readily observe a set of boys who train so hard, so consistently, they really don't have the time or energy to cause the level of disruption your child observes since YEARS AGO.

In my mind, the greatest achievement Sandy Creek has going for it - nobody up there wastes any time whatsoever on the significance of the differences in skin color of another. They simply don't have time to notice or waste the time to complain about such superficial differences, because everyone is focused on achieving in their area of interest whether that is football or not. There is a great culture of complete unity in the effort of preparing each child for what waits for them after high school - whether that is football or not. The focus on what they want to achieve and the hard work in place to achieve it allows the winning you see. They don't engage in the counter productive behavior of devaluing others or their contribution to the group because of a superficial difference in skin tone. They are able to fully focus on the work they choose to do based on their interests. Focus and hard work, both individually and as teams, produce champions in many areas at Sandy Creek. Even the auto tech area competes in championship competitions up to at least the regional level. Many championships are achieved at Sandy Creek in areas other than athletics/football. Those apparently just don't make the paper or the news like football does.

Anyway, concerned parent - I hope that at some time in the future your child finds some success in matriculating all the way out of this "hell hole" we have going on at Sandy Creek and that we have not damaged them too much with all the hard work and striving for excellence we have going on around him/her. Do understand that everyone affiliated with the football program at Sandy Creek expects and demands discipline from those boys at all times and in all places. They represent us when they wear that jersey and at all other times. Lapses in that protocol are dealt with immediately and in the football way of dealing with them - on the field with the coach after about a 2-hour regular practice sessions. They get to do their "favorite" things for coach - up/downs, carpet dogs, and bear crawls, among other fun maneuvers (that is sarcasm - the boys hate those exercises, and so they prove quite effective at eliminating unwanted behaviors in other parts of their day). The football players are only authorized to walk all over/disrupt the opposing team on the grid iron under the Friday night lights - while playing the best football they know how to play. That's what is going on at Sandy Creek!!!!!

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"What is going on at Sandy Creek?"

A loss of perspective, that is what is going on. When winning football becomes the overwhelming goal of the administration, parents, teachers and students; learning simply gets in the way.

If you want to get control of students in the classroom, then suspend football for a year until order is brought back to the classroom. Let everyone know that football is going to be suspended because of the disruption, lack of respect and other misbehavior. Let everyone know that it is learning and not football that is important. You first have to have a learning process, then you can have a football program. You will be amazed at how fast things will turn around.

However, this will take backbone by both administration and parents on all sides of this issue, something that is unlikely to happen given what is written in this letter.

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there is a new BOE member

Complain to them about what goes on at Sandy Creek. My child went there, At the time, parents complained about some of the out of county kids on the football team. The coach then took the kid in question to live with him. Point is, the coaches want to look good at the expense of others. I have no dog in this fight as my kid didn't play football.

What irked me, was all the out of county kids, and that might be in a round about way what this person is referring to. The ones that acted up the most, didn't seem to live here. The old BOE from that area had a blind eye to it. There is a new BOE member from that area who I think, would look at your complaints with compassion.

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Much needed discussion

It’s amusing to see so many of you taking this parent’s opinions out of context while completely missing the point. Of course SCHS isn’t an “inner city” school (at least not statistically or geographically), but on a relative basis, yes, you could argue it's . . . . . leaning (jokingly called Sandy Creekside for a reason). And regardless of how biased this parent’s opinions are (rumor around the school is that a parent/teacher, and we have a few at SCHS, wrote this piece. If that's the case, the content in this letter certainly becomes more . . . . . . interesting and insightful.), this letter has spawned a much-needed discussion about the love affair SCHS has with athletics and its athletes, often at the expense of academics (spare me with the, “if they don’t provide athletics, kids will drop out”, drivel. No one is advocating for the elimination of athletics, but they need to be distanced from the school, put in their place, and made more extracurricular.). As an insider, I can tell you that the sacred cow of athletics at SCHS has led to the manifestation of blatant academic mediocrity in many cases, and it’s about time that was discussed.

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tchr1

I think you summed it up quite nicely

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My child can’t even complete assignments because of the disruptive students. I inquire, “What does the teacher do?”

My child responds, “I was sitting in one class where a disruptive student was out of control. The teacher sent the student out and on the way out, the disruption continued, and the disruptive student responded by saying, ‘Nothing will happen to me. I have [school official]; she’s my friend.’”

Concerned Parent

I can just picture the scene:Parent holding progress notice from teacher

parent: _______ (insert name of child) Why have you not been completing your work???

child: it isn't my fault! Honest! I haven't been able to complete assignments because of the disruptive students! And the jocks always get away with not doing their work!In fact, one day I was sitting in one class where a disruptive student was out of control. The teacher sent the student out and on the way out, the disruption continued, and the disruptive student responded by saying, ‘Nothing will happen to me. I have [school official]; she’s my friend.’ So you see, the responsibility of me completing my work rests on those around me that continue to provide entertainment with their antics!

parent: You are right my child! How dare that administration prevent you from doing your assignments!!! I will fix this! I will write an anonymous letter to the editor and expose Sandy Creek!

I was taught in a critical thinking class that the technique this child used to take the focus off of them is call a "Red Herring"
And it worked!!

LOL! That is a smart child!

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I too question the Citizen for running this letter..

Unless they know more than they are letting on. But hey, take things you read on here with a grain of salt..

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Some parents?

Some parents would disagree with you, and I would be one of those. I wonder, Concerned Parent, have you ever actually set foot in an inner city school, let alone spent enough time in one to be sounding such a shrill warning here? If you had, there is no way you could even remotely characterize SCHS as a “future inner city school.” I asked each of my kids, both SCHS students, to read your letter (separately) and then asked them for their thoughts. Both said their experience is nothing like what you describe, outside of seeing or hearing about occasional fights. One, who is an athlete, was in disbelief that you would use the incendiary phrase “get away with all but murder.” You have done a huge disservice to the students of SCHS, most of whom do not behave as you describe.

You ask, “What is going on at Sandy Creek?” If you truly want to know, there is a way to find out: spend some time at school and get to know the kids. I’ve done so, and I can tell you the students I know are respectful and fun to be around. Many of them are incredibly talented. I’ve had the pleasure of watching different groups of students (musicians, athletes, academic teams, drama students) work together to achieve some very admirable accomplishments. Are there SOME discipline issues? Of course there are. It’s a high school. Is it the mayhem you describe? Absolutely not. You are unfairly painting the entire school with a wide brush.

By the way, it sounds like you didn’t really do your homework on Fayette County schools when you moved here. You do know that discipline data of all public schools are available from the Department of Education, don’t you? If you’d checked, you would have known that, even years ago, Sandy Creek had more disciplinary actions reported than the other Fayette schools. Sandy Creek has never been one of the top-performing schools in Fayette County, and it doesn’t have a “new” reputation. It is what it is….a diverse student body, both racially and economically. My kids have thrived at SCHS. Moreover, based on what I’ve seen and what my kids tell me, the behaviors you claim to be “quite common now” are not the norm.

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Athletics

Why don't we eliminate the school based athletics programs and get back to classroom education, where we belong. As a former AAU swimmer (and national champion), I have never understood ether the concept for nor the provision of school/college based athletics.

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One very obvious reason is to keep kids in school who would otherwise drop out from the shear boredom of being only in a classroom all day. Or how about those kids for whom athletics provides a way up and out of certain circumstances? How about it being a means into college for those who cannot afford it? How about the skills learned through teamwork that can be applied in real life...which by the way are also learned through involvement in fine arts, also important. Are you suggesting getting rid of those as well and only sitting in a classroom all day? Oh, and congratulations on your national championship!! Awesome.

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I asked my daughter....

I have a senior at SCHS and took her the paper this morning, asked her to read it, and tell me if it were true. Her response was that, while yes, there were some behavior issues (as I am sure there are at any school) she, a white girl, thought this letter was way over the top and it was "some white mom upset we aren't McIntosh." I guess the inner-city school heading clued her into that. If things were really this bad, I a feel certain I would have heard some of this from my child, other parents, or teachers that I know. She also rolled her eyes at the athlete getting away with "all but murder" comment. It disturbs me that The Citizen would print an anonymous letter like this. Did you verify this is really a parent? How do you know it is not just someone wanting to slam SCHS?

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Concerned Parent

Concerned Parent is probably more on the mark than any of us would like to admit. Posting to The Citizen may not be the best way to present a concern, but it does present the opportunity to vent, perhaps makes other parents aware of the real problems that exist, or taps on the shoulder of those who could look into these accusations and make real and positive changes.

Talking to the administration would do little good as the administration is going to say what they are programmed to say. And like it or not, the administration is going to base their reactions and actions on who has the most financial/political influence. That is to say if a student or parent has a connection, or the finanacial influence, they can and will use it.

Athletes may very well be treated differently. Best example, let's look at the budget problems, cuts are being made on every front except athletics.

Teachers are in the most precarious position as the teacher is more likely to suffer retribution or punishment for sending a student to the administration for discipline than if the teacher did little or nothing and thus the disruptions continue.

Parent and/or student complaints whether founded or not can create a nightmare for teachers who are trying to teach, teachers who love to teach. These disruptive students will contend that they are not being taught or learning in a class and every time the administration will side with the parents and students. The teacher may be award winning, best scores in the school or county, many years of actual hands-on classroom experience, but they will suffer extreme bullying from the parents, students, and ultimately the administration.

So, yes, let's talk about disruptive students, disrespectful students, bully students, those students who feel entitled, if the students had been properly raised at home we would not have these problems at school. However, since the parents are very often disrespectful, bullies, feel entitled, what else can we expect. 'Tis a sad very sad state of affairs.

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Cuts to athletics

Correct me if I'm wrong - this year, cuts were made to athletics. Were not the middle school football and wrestling programs cut?? If not other middle school programs?? As Sandy Creek football boosters, we are actively participating with the coaches and administration in the reorganizing of the ninth-grade football program at Sandy Creek as a direct result of cuts to athletics. As a Sandy Creek football/wrestling parent, the football and other athletes are held to a higher standard of behavior - in deliberate preparation for when some will have significant scholarship monies, etc. awarded to them. The fact that their scholarship monies are, in part, dependent upon their behavior also makes this a very active teaching point at Sandy Creek, a point always put ahead of any particular athletic competition at that moment. An athlete's behavior is constantly being appropriately shaped for their athletic futures. Generally, the coaches handle the majority of the discipline of an athlete and prefer to, which is not to say administration shirks their role at all; athletes are most responsive to their coach/athletic director and to being held off the field or out of a competition if a behavior or grades are not acceptable. One of our top players was benched during the very first game of last season because of unacceptable behavior in a class room toward a teacher that week. This athlete presently has a full-ride scholarship to play football at college. Any parent easily observes the effect of seeing that consequence carried out on that athlete's team mates. It was an uncomfortable moment for all us to see this top athlete benched for behavior; but we consider first the long-term things our athlete needs to learn about how to conduct himself and are willing to give him the consequence to learn the more important lesson even though we will worry about the impact of that decision on that current competition. Winning at Sandy Creek is, in practice, secondary to an athlete having all other aspects of his life in order before competition, although it may not look that way to others looking in on us. As for funding of athletics at Sandy Creek, you will recall, the football team won the State Championship in December 2012. Aside from the trophy presented to the entire team, the third such in the last four years, the school was awarded a $10,000 purse - those monies being principal in the funding of ALL the other athletic teams at Sandy Creek High School, not just the football program. The bulk of the remaining funds necessary to carry out each athletic program is donated in fees or raised by the boosters of each respective team; there are, in fact, specific jobs that booster parents can work at throughout the year to earn their portion of the funds contributed to the program. Football boosters at Sandy Creek will donate and raise slightly over $100,000 to run that program each season - that does not include the funds contributed, if any, from the county or state. There is no one involved in funding SC athletics that does not expect for discipline of an athlete to come first. The athletes are not allowed to do anything they want ever. Our personal and collective investment in an athlete at Sandy Creek is so great that we actually expect and demand that any behavior infractions of our athlete be dealt with appropriately and quickly - we are, in most cases, making a literal investment in an athlete's future - a future that others will one day invest in with significant monies for play at the college level and beyond; all involved in that process understand that the daily discipline and academic performance of an athlete are critical to that athlete's success at the next level and come first before that athlete ever steps on the field of competition. Being an active part of Sandy Creek athletics, I feel that you are misrepresenting several things as "facts" that are not the reality of what is happening at Sandy Creek in our athletics program day to day. I hope the actual above facts help you understand how our program is run and the demands placed constantly on all of our athletes - not just the football players.

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Whoa bandparent

I must have hit a nerve, sorry! You have taken 2 lines out of several paragraphs and totally missed my point. I did not claim to state facts, only an opinion. Further I said atheletes "may" be treated differently. I still contend, if percentages were compared, athletic programs have not suffered the same cuts as teachers have. Really I'm not even speaking to SCHS, really, my observation is based on a totally different county school.

My actual point and opinion is the 'why' certain student behaviors go unpunished. Some bloggers comments stated the newspaper was not the place for this concern and mentioned talking to board of education, PTSO, administrators, and I responded to why that I feel that doesn't work.

I am not here to argue, only present an opinion. Your comment did, however, mention the folks who generate and 'donate' funds to the continuation of certain programs; which in a round about way validates my thoughts on parents with financial/political influence.

Of the original post from concerned parent, my take on that was 'why don't the front line people, teachers, better control behavior'. I had intended my comments to offer some thoughts that teachers are often not the last word or decision on behavior. I suppose my real point is 'stuff' runs downhill, if the top of the hill isn't right, the bottom of the hill certainly can't be.

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As an insider at Sandy Creek,

As an insider at Sandy Creek, the top of that hill is in order! For any interested, spring football training is underway at Sandy Creek. The program reports visits from 100 coaches from over 75 different institutions out to watch the training of our next batch of footballers. For those not in the loop, a football coach disciplines infractions by our athletes on a daily basis after the nearly 2-hour practice session is completed and carries out that discipline publicly in view of all who have come to review those players that day, whether the offense be behavioral or academic. That means that, yes, this week, footballers have been disciplined right in front of folks from outside the school too!!

All, the funds "donated" to our program come from the parents of the football players - and constitute our 'participation fee.' We can donate those funds for our child to participate or we have options to earn our child's participation fee through the season. There just simply is no avenue for financial/political influence. Any time he addressed a group of parents, Coach Walker reiterates his position - even the most talented ball player will, in fact, not step on that field unless that athlete has everything in order - with extra focus placed on the value of hard work - on and off the field. We understand up there talent is no excuse for anything undesirable, nor is it allowed to become an excuse for less than what we expect from our athletes. We will earn every bit of the greater than $100,000 required to run that program.

No nerve to hit - just a brand-new football parent who had no appreciation of how football operates there until I am experiencing it. I too had misconceptions about how these issues might be handled - Sandy Creek dispels the misconceptions I have about high school football before I got involved. It has been a lovely education.

Again, for an athlete - the first-line reponse to discipline is usually that teacher informs the next coach they see affiliated with that child. The coach gets it done.

Please also make note - some of our coaches at Sandy Creek have their own children in the program. I can witness that those boys have remained after practice for discipline of behavior problems or grades also, if necessary. No exception is made for that group of athlete either.

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Tyrone's "Inner City School?"

Let's not judge Concerned Parent too harshly just yet for writing a letter. CP may have communicated with school administration and simply not mentioned the possible response couched in public relations-speak. By law school personnel may only discuss with parents issues concerning their child. So, of course, Concerned Parent listened to his/her child's account and perhaps those of neighbors' and friends' children who visit the home, play on the same team, or in the orchestra.

High schools across the nation have more than their share of student discipline issues as well as phenomenal productions from student athletic and academic talent. Fayette County schools are no different.

Administration can only do so much. However, how and when school administration handle behavioral issues--if they do get handled--can influence future student behavior. Word spreads fast among students what one may "get away with," by whom, and how much. Such may partly explain (but not excuse the issues in)CP's report.

Only a student could tell what he or she sees and hears, but a privy insider would also know.

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"Good Schools"

"We moved to Fayette County for the excellent reputation that Fayette County schools had," translates as we moved to Fayette County because it was a safe area with an abundance of white people. Sadly, Sandy Creek no longer fits this description. FCHS doesn't anymore either.

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Well CP, just get in line and register at Woodward

or Landmark. You may not have heard about our $20million budget problem, but with class size increasing and teachers and asst. principals leaving, it is not going to get better. Only solution is to move elsewhere in the county - McIntosh is still full of polite, quietly drug-addled teens who have been brought up better than their peers at Sandy Creek. They get pretty good grades and test well too.

You might get a second shock when you try to sell that Wieland home in Tyrone. It is worth about the same as it was in 2001. And if you can sell, rent your next house. Don't buy.

Either that or private school.

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Your Child's Account only?

I understand that our children are the first line of contact as it relates to school activity. However, if my child comes to me with several accounts of inadequacies at the school he/she attends, my first step is not to write a complaint in the local paper but to go to the school and discuss my concerns with the administrative staff and or school board. I have been in and around Sandy Creek since it opened in 1991. I have been a student, an employee and I am now a parent of a student there. I have seen changes (as one would expect over two decades) but I have also seen how students continue to out-rival in both academics and athletics, I have seen the school rally as a community when they lose a member of its SCHS family. Even with that, if I have a concern, I go to the source and try to get a whole picture and not just my kid's account of what is happening. I really hope you actually take the time out to visit the school, talk with your child's counselor, join PTSO and become a part of the solution to any current issues and help in the effort to prevent future issues.

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Please Talk to the Principal & PTSO

Posting stories in the Citizen does not help the situation and should be a last resort. This article doesn't mention anything about the concerned parent having spoken with Dr. Evans or having attended a PTSO to have these concerns addressed. Please attempt these methods before exacerbating an issue by posting it in the local newspaper.

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Concerned Parent

Seems to me that you need to make an appointment with the principal and follow up with the school board. Have you done this yet?

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Most likely CP Hasnt....the intention is to

The goal is to inflame and sensationalize. Sure, there may indeed be a problem there, but the principal and administrators are in the best position to address it. Of course now the community will be alarmed and ready to retreat further South.

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