With a heavy heart I relay this information. I really don’t want to, but I feel it is necessary for the good of the families and the pupils of the Cherokee County school system. Or am I just being sarcastic and making fun of Janet Read, the Cherokee County School District chairperson of the Board of Education?
Yes, I am being sarcastic. The BOE is still playing politics while one of every four of its students fails to graduate from the school system. This is an outrage.
The administration and the BOE is not focusing on the problem.
Dr. P and the BOE have proposed to spend almost $403 million next year. And only 72 percent of high school students will graduate. Pickens County schools will spend almost $40 million dollars and 85 percent of their high school students will graduate.
Clearly money is not an issue. Focus is. Every parent, teacher and student should be at every BOE meeting demanding the problem be solved.
Editor’s note: The actual budget for the Cherokee County School District for fiscal 2012-14 is $496.2 million, which includes the general fund budget of $321.9 million. Pickens County school system has 4,349 students and seven schools, while Cherokee has 39,324 students and 41 schools.