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Newton Citizen Poll for May 25, 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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“My friend at Flint Hill says the superintendent’s kid goes there, so is this the reason Dinardo was moved from Mansfield? Is that what this is all over?”

Editor’s Note: Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey said the administrative decisions to reassign a number of principals were made in the best educational interests of the students and for the professional development of the principals.

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“Well we got another sneaky superintendent on our hands. I knew she was wrong for this job. Bus drivers will tell you the real reason the principal switch got done and it has nothing to do with all students. Ask a driver; they know.”

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“This old man turned to the wife to comment on the schools today: When the principal from the top performing elementary school over many years (not paying attention to the private theme school we pay to send board member kids to) is moved to the superintendent’s school zone — Houston, we have a problem.”

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“Our schools = A HEAP A MESS!”

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“The Old Man has been rather disappointed. I have put two articles in but neither one made it. I guess if I don’t write about the teachers or the politicians or stuff downtown it won’t make it anymore. I thought my article on the police and fire departments related to the city. I guess it was too positive. Can’t figure out how Rockdale gets at least a half page and sometimes more and Newton gets maybe a couple columns. I thought I took the Newton paper. I try to write about what I thought would be interesting to people. I guess not. I don’t bad mouth the teachers because I was one for many years. I saw things change from the teacher being in charge of their classroom to the students and their parents being in charge and the administrators backing the students and the parents. I watched boards of education go from working with the teachers to dictating to the teachers. I got out just in time. Teaching to me was fun the first few years. I left to do other things and when I got back it was a whole new world. By the way, I don’t know how it is today, but when I was teaching I didn’t get all summer off. I had to go back to school, I was required to take so many credits and I had to pay my own way. I paid my way by doing construction work or odd jobs. I know the media is not really interested in that. They love the any dirt they can find. When things happen like has been happening in Atlanta immediately many people think that’s the way all these teachers are. How sad.”

Editor’s note: Since we don’t know what comments you submitted, we can’t say why they might have been edited. All comments about political candidates are edited from the poll, as well as negative comments about private businesses, private individuals and potentially libelous comments. Sometimes repetitive comments are edited, as well. We do not give preference to one poll over the other; there generally are more comments submitted to the Rockdale Poll on a wider variety of topics.

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“You should not be mad that Samantha Fuhrey moved a top principal to the zone her kid is in … ; you should be mad that the board continues to give a pass to academic segregation at the Theme School.”

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“So I get to work to learn another NCCA employee has resigned. Career academy spirals to hell.”

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“Please tell me what the criterion are for acceptance into the STEM program … How do kids who are borderline failing their classes gain admission, yet consistent all A’s students at the top of their class do not?”

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“Did I miss it? All the tourist money Hunter Hall’s Hollywood campaign has brought to the county? Maybe Ronnie ‘Alpharetta’ Johnston can hook up the leased shuttle to a plow and rake in some cash.”

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“Shocking, the behavior at the school board meeting last night. Won’t ever go again, and why do they go back into closed meetings after a public meeting and not explain what they are doing this for? Private school vouchers, please send them to Newton!”

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“Welcome to Covington where we lease a tour shuttle then ask you to rent it, where our schools bleed quality teachers thanks to horrible leadership, our city council just voted in more low-quality housing and our BOC is too weak to get rid of a chamber leader who seems to have no plan other than pretending he is in Hollywood. On your tour be sure to check out the west end blight and crime and the dump that we call Highway 278.”

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“Citizen paper, is it true that a school board member in the 2nd closed session of the May 20 meeting tried or is trying to sabotage Mrs. Fuhrey’s annual evaluation? Word out today is that screaming and high emotion were going on until near 9 p.m.? What is going on behind the scenes here and is the evaluation they are bound to use being sabotaged? You report; let me decide.”