I was amazed when I attended the LaGrange Patriot’s forum for the Troup County school board candidates that each of the incumbent members of the school board felt they were doing a good job. Don’t tell me that you’re doing a good job when we have a 64.3 percent graduation rate in Troup County.
We would not accept a 36 percent failure rate in anything else. If your car brakes only worked 64 percent of the time, you would have them fixed. If 36 percent of the time your Big Mac was not cooked, you would find another McDonalds. If a pilot crashed 36 percent of the planes he flew … I guess that situation would pretty much take care of itself. In each of those situations we would take decisive measures to reduce our failure rate. Yet, when 36 percent of the students in Troup County are relegated to less appealing jobs and lower wages because they did not graduate, we are told, “I don’t like it but … ” or “we have made great improvements.” Tell that to one of the 36 percent. The school board needs fixing or we need to find another school board because we don’t want 36 percent of our children to crash.
The current board members felt they did not need to make it easier for the public to participate in the school board meetings. If they did that they would have to admit that someone might have answers they don’t seem to have.
One member said, “You get what you pay for.” With a budget of $98 million and ESPLOST of about $10 million to graduate six out of 10 students, are we getting what we are paying for?
Mooty Bridge Road