School Board Defaults to Cover-up Mode of Operation!!! –No Prayer!–Kathy Falls MIA–Thurman, Hooker Announce they won’t run for re-election-can do and say what they want to! –Election Year Photo Ops by Bully Glover!! –Women Speakers Ejected by Chairman Bully Glover!!! –Allen Langley Appointed to CCC Board of Trustees! –Danny Blanton Threatened & Silenced-Board does nothing! –No Regard for the Public or Children!! –Report and evaluation by Robert A. Williams

2. New North Shelby School Project Updates:
Updates on the construction of the new North Shelby School Project? Not a peep at any of the School Board meeting for over a year. This project started out as a $10 million project and quickly went $3,5 million over budget because of bad dirt that couldn’t bear the weight of the building construction and a school board that was too stupid to not go to another location. So, the School Board bought 14 acres next door at inflated prices to “borrow” dirt from. Lots of that dirt was bad too. So, they initiated some sort of fancy and very expensive crushed rock “pier” system to save the bad dirt, but all that did was make more money for the architect. Now, it is reported they need even more dirt for this project and the costs are escalating another $3 million or so. A 65% cost overrun from $10 million to $16,5 million. And, the new construction, as it turns out, wasn’t even needed in the first place. You see the new Shelby Middle School was built for 800+ students and there are only 400 students attending Shelby Middle. With only 82 students now attending North Shelby, they all could fit into Shelby Middle and that $16.5 million in borrowed money could have been saved. And should have been saved. No wonder the School Board doesn’t want to talk about this foolish, costly and unnecessary project.

3. Graham Elementary School–Big and multiple cover-ups:
Remember just this week a little kid going to Graham Elementary School got off the school bus at the wrong location. The Shelby Star had a big front page story about this that included lots of details that may have been wrong. We will let the Star straighten out their own wrong reporting. The Star completely missed the point here and The School Board wants to keep some highly controversial information a deep dark secret from the public. But we are going to tell what we know. Right now.

Graham Elementary School is a low performing school that has “Failed” several years in a row according to State testing and ranking. The Graham School bus issue is much more deep that a child getting off at the wrong location. Graham School Buses are having to make double runs every day. They run their routes, deliver the kids at school and head out again to pick up another load of kids. School Board member Danny Blanton brought this up at the School Board meeting and suggested that the schools not sell an older activity bus, but paint it school bus yellow and have that bus help the Graham Bus problem. Totally a good idea.

But, I smelt a “Rat.” I check in with some reliable sources and I was told (confidentially of course) that the Graham School bus routes overlap with other school routes to pick up pre selected children that go to Graham while other buses pick up children that go to other schools. The purpose of this is to take “problem” students to Graham and “non-problem” children to the other schools. By concentrating the problem students at Graham, Graham student scores go down and the other schools student scores go up. It is a planned scheme by CCS administration to make some schools look good academically while failing Graham School students are just overlooked and left out. The cover-up story was that Graham had initiated a phony “Year-Round Schedule” that threw off the Graham School Schedule just enough from the other schools, hoping no one would discover what they were really doing. Segregating our problem students and concentrating them at Graham. Remember the Court ordered “busing” back in the 1970s. Same thing here, only in reverse.

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