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Newton Citizen Poll for May 18, 2014

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: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“In the past two weeks I have taken my trash and debris out to my local recycling center to be disposed of. Both times the attendant has told me everything is full and that they are not taking anything else. I asked the attendant, who is in charge of having the boxed emptied. I was told I needed to speak with the landfill manager. I have called the landfill several times to speak with the landfill manager and was told he was not taking calls at the time. I found it ridiculous that I can’t take my trash or debris to be disposed of because the boxes are not being emptied the way they should be. My question to the Newton County Board of Commissioners is: What will it take to improve this situation? All I want to do is take my trash or debris off. Why is it so hard for the landfill manager to keep the boxes emptied in a timely manner?”

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“So will the Citizen cover columnist Rob Jenkins being named a defendant in the new GPC lawsuit filed last Wednesday by former president Anthony Tricoli?”

Editor’s note: Rob Jenkins is named in the lawsuit, along with interim GPC President Robb Watts, Ron Carruth, Jim Rasmus, Mark Gerspacher, Sheleth A. Champion, Henry Huckaby, John Fuchko, Steve Wrigley, Ben Tarbutton, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

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“Did the squatters in Laquanda’s old house ever get moved out?”

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“Why is Samantha Fuhrey wanting $80K for a counselor at Ombudsman? That was sold to us as a self-sufficient deal? Renae Fendley should handle this right.”

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“Either some low performers in NCSS hate the test data or someone has a real grudge against truth and honesty in reporting. Private schools are expanding in Newton for a reason. You can start with HR and then clean up school crime, then maybe math. Many of us are transferring out for a reason.”

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“Where can I board Ronnie Johnston’s leased tour-mobile of the Hollyweird of the South? I want to take some tourists to his grill …”

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“Can the paper do coverage on the amount that salaries and operations by job are costing us at the Chamber?”

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“I cannot believe the BOC votes to prop up JC. Our GOP needs to elect tougher reps in Districts 1 and 5 and no more Keith Ellis in 2016.”

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“My goodness, someone sure is fixated on Jeff Meadors … making not one but three comments in one Poll. Don’t ya just love when someone complains about a person making numerous submissions to the Poll and then does the exact same thing. Hmmm, reminds me of someone who used to work at the BOE. Yep, he too fixated on every move Jeff Meadors made to the point that he couldn’t even do his job. Forgot half million in lights on a ball field, forgot a school sign at Flint Hill … Oh the list could go on and on…. So who could the new person be that’s fixated on ol’ Jeff? Or is it not a new person at all?”

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“Someone at the paper please ask why so many employees are leaving the Newton Career Academy. Dig deep and do not buy the Central Office line of defense. Huge problems at NCCA.”

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“Do not waste your time with Newton County schools. I am getting out! I tried to get a board member to understand all the problems at the Career Academy and they do not care any more than the principal. Told me it was too far gone to worry with.”

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“Why is our principal at Mansfield leaving for another school, and do not lie to us about it.”

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“The more Samantha Fuhrey talks, the less trust many have in her. I think hiring her was a huge mistake. Too many inner circle cliques.”

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“I think it is funny how a local school tweet can spread to the paranoid Central Office about some of us coming to speak out about NCCA at a school board meeting and it results in our ‘CEO’ (chuckle chuckle) and a police presence. The NCSS is childish and inexperienced and the board is a joke. Do you really think we care to speak there? We will instead go to Gwinnett where they pay better and are not failing across the board. Johnson was the only board member willing to pay us right. Maybe he will dig into the mess at NCCA. Come visit and learn why we are all getting out.”

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“So Mrs. Fuhrey moved our principal we love at Mansfield to her child’s school at Flint Hill?”

Editor’s note: Samantha Fuhrey said the administrative changes were made based on what is in the educational best interests of all students and to provide school leaders new opportunities to develop their skills.

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“Mrs. Fuhrey just put her downfall into motion by taking on our Mansfield community.”

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“I’m so sorry, but who takes a loved principal where the whole community is happy and scores are good and moves that person to your kid’s school? Who gets away with that? Don’t renew that woman’s contract.”

Editor’s note: Superintendent Fuhrey said that while she is permitted to send her child to any school in the district, her child attends the school she is zoned to attend.

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“We were told yesterday that Fuhrey moved our Mansfield principal since change is needed in the best interest blah blah. Hey Fuhrey, change is needed and we need to transfer you … to Clayton. Approved!”