The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Newton Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Sunday. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online form.
“It is time to pack the BOE meetings … even if we cannot talk or say much … and stare down the people who are allowing year after year of drops in SAT scores. We drag behind the nation and the state on the ACT. We now do the same year after year with SAT. This is shameful. I think they meet on Oct. 1st at 3 p.m. to do the budget talks and this is open to the public. Show up and be the one to put heat on a BOE who has members who have been sitting up there for decades with test scores year after year being the pits. Citizen paper, is that the case, do they meet next Tuesday at 3 p.m., and why has this not been put out in time that people can arrange to show up? Where are term limits when we need them? We’ve got people who have been on the Newton BOE too long and nothing to show for it but drop after drop after drop in test scores, and the crime is bad in our schools.”
Editor’s Note: The budget meeting scheduled for Oct. 1 was canceled. Another meeting has not been rescheduled at this time.
“From reading the Citizen article on SAT scores and comparing it to the one from the other paper it is really clear to me who does real journalism and who does not. Thank you Citizen for telling the truth as it is. From reading the woman in testing, I think it is not working to put all these kids in these AP classes. They aren’t passing the exams very much and we see the AP and SAT are issued by the same College Board so something is really messed up in Newton County. They bottom out on the SAT, yet the schools tried to push my kid into five AP classes this year. Why are they doing that? Is it to earn the points on the high school yearly report card? I think there must not be anyone in Newton schools guiding students to the right classes because I put my foot down. My kid is not an Einstein and I do not want him in all these AP classes that end up ruining his chances for HOPE because I cannot afford to send him for four full years to college. I may have to send him to private school and work two jobs. I don’t know that Newton is cutting it.”
“I can’t figure out Alcovy High School. I looked at every high school on the state list that I got yesterday and even schools in the poorest Georgia counties did better than Alcovy High. They have millions of dollars of technology at the school, but I guess it boils down to years of horrible leadership maybe — just a guess? Why did it get allowed to go so far there and what choice do our kids have stuck in this mess? I don’t blame the new lady; she has just got started, but look at this. If you look at reading and math SAT Alcovy had 435 and 419. No way is that gonna make it to college. Social Circle High had 500 and 493. Morgan County High had 492 and 506. Oconee High had 526 and 513. Gwinnett Math and Tech school had 635 and 667. The Chamber of Commerce, if they are serious about anyone wanting to live in the dump of a school system and county we have, better put their heat on the school system and wake up. Nobody is gonna move to Newton when they can go to these other high schools and put the kids in them.”
“This Olivia Holmes Ware story reminds me of the LaQuanda Brown Carpenter mess from 2012. What is going on with the suer types… Surely this person who says she lives in Newton but lives in Rockdale but lives in Newton does not really think she would be elected to be a Conyers mayor? I think you can learn a lot from the 2012 Alcovy mess where that person resigned during the middle of the year and left the state completely. And the wannabe judge who got tangled up in that probably will regret it since it will always come up if she ever runs for office again. Do people ever learn?”
“What large rock does the (other newspaper) live under? They wrote about being ‘Proud’ today because of a blue ribbon school and they say this will attract people to Newton? This is a great honor for the teachers and students, but this honor is based on schools at the bottom moving a little higher — not a school that attracts anyone over Morgan or Oconee County schools. Seriously, what is up with them for thanking Gary Mathews and his ‘vision?’ Come on, look at the SAT scores. Did you miss that? What visionary allowed Alcovy counseling to be a one-race department where complaints go ignored and what visionary failed to discipline a principal who sues people and has major drops in student achievement? Someone please move the rock that sits on top of the (other newspaper).”
“I say to the Republicans: let the Democrats and Obama have Obamacare. It might wake some people up. I also say to the Republicans: do not let the debt ceiling be raised. Let the Democrats and Obama figure out which programs and fundings and entitlements need to be cut. This country has to learn to live within its means just like we, the American families, have to do. Obama said we are the greatest country in the world. I ask how can we be when we owe almost $17 trillion? If all the countries and people we owe demanded the money we owe them we could not pay them. If every penny that the government took in went to paying off the debt, we could not pay it off in the next two years. I am afraid one day the debt is going to hit us right between the eyes and we are going to look back at the Great Depression and think that was a piece of cake to what we are facing.”
“I just read the Sunday Citizen, Sept. 29, what a joke! Rockdale County, where do you get all of your citizens that believe that Milstead used to be the capital of Georgia? What a joke! Somebody please educate these people and send them back to Clayton County.”
Editor’s note: We believe they may have meant “Milledgeville” instead of “Milstead.”