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Reporter's Note Pad
Jason M. Reynolds

Your right to know

Posted Monday, April 1, 2013, at 9:03 AM
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  • Well--it doesn't seem as though it is worth comment. I don't know about National Pen's decision to promote the positions regionally, but whatever works for them is okay with me. I am guessing that they decided that a larger pool of applicants would be in their best interests. I couldn't blame them.

    As far as your budget request, in order to generate any public interest, it would appear that a tax increase (real or imagined--necessary or not) would have to be on the table (or at least threatened). If that were to happen, you can bet that the good citizens of Bedford County would dust off their pitchforks and torches in order to run someone out of town.

    While on the topic of pitchforks and torches, since (based upon the adversarial posture of your blog) you seem to disinterested in the "politics" of "school news" reporting, why not (for your own best interests) go ahead and put their feet to the fire? The preliminary budget would be great, but you could also look deeply into the current budget--down to the last light bulb, and blog it a little at a time. Not only big line items, but down to listing individual contractors/subcontractors and debt services--even teacher and administrative pay (as the public was so intensely interested in pay rates just recently).

    If you ran out of topics, you could even accurately report on the state of Bedford County schools. This one will take some time and effort though. If you wait for the board to give you the information, it will be so watered down, it wont mean much--at least that is how it has been typically reported. There is a plethora of information generated every year gauging the success of our schools, but it comes down to us mainly in the form of letter grades for individual schools. Why not look at some important markers?

    I guess the assumption is that we parents are too easily "confused", not only for preliminary budgets, but for understanding average ACT results as well.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Fri, Apr 5, 2013, at 3:54 AM
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