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Care2 Success! Carnesville Elementary School Will Not Close!

Care2 Success! Carnesville Elementary School Will Not Close!

 

Great news!

Carnesville Elementary School in Carnesville, Georgia was scheduled to close, but thanks to Care2 activists who signed the petition, there will be another year of classes at the school. The Franklin County School Board voted on Monday, May 7, to take closing the school off the table.

School superintendent Dr. Ruth Odell said Tuesday, the decision came Monday to cancel the two scheduled public hearings and keep Carnesville Elementary School (CES) open another year after the board learned of a petition being circulated.

School Stays Open Thanks To Care2 Petition

That’s right: the Care2 petition, sponsored by Parents of CES and Franklin County, and signed by almost 300 activists, made all the difference!

The school board is struggling with how to make up a $3-million dollar shortfall in the fiscal 2013 budget and had earlier voted to consider closing the elementary school as one of the best cost-saving options.

From 921whlr.com:

“If we had gone ahead and had the hearings, then there’s a lot of legal things under the old law that come into play with closing a school,” Odell said. “I say the ‘old law’ because it’s been revised, but that revision doesn’t take effect until July 1st and the law will not have the same legal ramifications to a petition. But right now, we had to go by the rules we’re currently under.”

Odell said under the current state law, if the petition had been presented Monday night at their regular meeting, board members would have had to push their decision on whether to close Carnesville Elementary back by 60 days.

“Then at that point, the names on the petition would have to be submitted to the county elections superintendent who would have to verify that everyone who signed it was a registered voter. The number of registered voters would then have to equal 25% of the county’s registered voters.”

The Power Of Grassroots Activism

Interesting!

Once that was done, Dr. Odell said the law then requires the school board negotiate with a group representing the petitioners, and it could be months before the board would have been able to make a decision on closing the school.

That lengthy process is not feasible, Dr.Odell said, because decisions on what to cut in the budget must be done by Thursday the deadline for personnel recommendations for the next school year. Additionally, the budget must be passed by the end of June.

However, Dr. Odell stressed Tuesday, this does not mean closing Carnesville Elementary will not come up again next year.

But let’s take one year at a time.

Congratulations to the sponsors of the petition for figuring out an excellent strategy to keep their school open, and thank you to all the Care2 activists who signed the petition!

 

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10:46AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Ruth, 3 million is a lot of money and installing solar energy etc.. costs money before you save. Raising that amt. of money is a real problem, we have the same problems in Ontario at times and it is a rough transition for families who usually hate it.

4:45PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Kuddos-v. Smart move!

12:41AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Congratulations for keeping the school open. Where are the petitions/fundreaisers to raise the 3 million? WHERE ARE THE PETITIONS AND/OR FUNDRAISERS TO RAISE THE 3 MILLION?

6:34AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

São os membros da Care2 a fazer a diferença é bom ver as coisas a mudarem

9:27PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

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Thank you for sharing.

5:39PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:37AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Very good news indeed. Every child needs a good education from the start!

8:29PM PDT on May 14, 2012

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5:03PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Congratulations for this year.
THE BUDJET:
1.)WOULD IT WORK TO HAVE PARENTS AND STUDENTS GROW THEIR OWN FOOD AT THE SCHOOL OR OTHER LOCATION?
2.) WOULD IT WORK TO HAVE DONATIONS FROM SOLAR COMPANIES TO USE SOLAR PANELS FOR EELECTRICITY ON THE SCHOOL -- OR PAY BACK THE ELECTRICITY WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER TO MAKE SOME PAYMENT TO THE SOLAR COMPANY.
3. Would passive solar water heaters -- donated -- cut on the water bills?
4. Would passive solar windows/or greenhouses with curtains or the like -- work on south side to heat and cool the building?
WOULD ALL THIS SOLAR CONTRIBUTE TO THE EDUCATION OF THE STUDENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE?

3:29AM PDT on May 11, 2012

Great!!!!

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