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November 7, 2012

Local school chiefs react

THOMASVILLE — Superintendents of Thomasville City and Thomas County school systems, both of whom objected to the charter school amendment, reacted Wednesday to the ballot question’s approval statewide by 58 percent of the electorate.

Sabrina Boykins-Everett, said the amendment was not necessary, since the capacity to create charter schools already existed in Georgia law, subject to local board approval.

“Accountability and control will not be in the hands of local taxpayers, and I don’t believe that many people really understood what was at stake when they voted ‘yes’ for this amendment,” Boykins-Everett said.

The biggest issue, she said, is funding.

“So many times, the question has been raised as to how the state will fund these new schools when the funding of existing schools is already inadequate. We are already at less than the bare-bones funding level now,” the superintendent said.

Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County School System superintendent, said it is too early to quantify the impact of the new charter commission and the schools it will create.

“Since our state leaders are not inclined to create additional revenue through tax increases, funding for the commission and its schools will have to be pulled from other state resources,” Kornegay said Wednesday. “I fear that the funding will be cut from the traditional public school system.”

See Thursday's edition for more details.

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