Harper’s Contract Extension Improper

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I would like to share some thoughts on the comments made by Fred Kittle in the article below… The contract extension Dr. Harper received in 2014 was done without the consent or knowledge of the board. The trigger for the automatic renewal provision that has been cited by previous BOE Chairman Davis Nelson as the rationale […]

Another Flawed Process…

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“Here are my comments on the Mission Road Elementary AP hiring” ~Taken from The Daily Tribune Most of the meeting was uneventful, although one agenda item sparked extensive debate. Superintendent John Harper recommended that the current assistant principal at Mission Road Elementary be transferred to Clear Creek Elementary and the assistant principal position at Mission Road […]

Tax Increase = Failed Leadership

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Dr. Harper indicated that the cuts made by the system over the past few years have amounted to a total reduction of $8,774,010 since the cuts began. If you annualize these cuts over the last 4 years it comes to around $2,193,502. So essentially Dr. Harper is telling us that the school system would be running […]

2015 BOE Budget Puts System At Risk

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I just wanted to make a few comments on the Daily Tribune article from this morning. I don’t think it accurately paints a picture of our current financial situation. You cannot just jump to the Fund Balance total and present that as our operational reserve. The School Nutrition fund and the Capital Projects fund are […]

Wholesale Changes are Needed on the Bartow BOE

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For months Mr. Kittle and I have been asking for information that would allow us to fully execute our responsibilities on this board. The current board chair & superintendent (with the assistance of the remaining board members and school attorney) are inappropriately withholding this information from us. I have NEVER encountered this kind of behavior […]


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    (Atlanta) – Republican candidate for State School Superintendent Matt Shultz announced today that he is ending his campaign and endorsing Fitz Johnson to help lead Georgia’s public education system. Said Shultz, “Serving our country in the Marine Corps taught me that leadership is about serving others and that accomplishing the mission is more […]

Take a Stand!

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If you have an opinion on the calendar change and the impact to our budget reserve you need email the board and Dr. Harper: john.harper@bartow.k12.ga.us davis.nelson@bartow.k12.ga.us anna.sullivan@bartow.k12.ga.us fred.kittle@bartow.k12.ga.us john.howard2@bartow.k12.ga.us matt.shultz@bartow.k12.ga.us This is not the time to sit quietly by and do nothing. I know many of our staff people are uncomfortable speaking out but you […]

Now is NOT the Time for Calendar Changes…

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So tomorrow the board will be discussing adding two instructional days back to the school year (October 11th, 2013 and March 14th, 2014)…Aside from being financially irresponsible at this point in the budget process, this will impact schedules in a negative way as well. I know a number of teachers and parents who have scheduled […]