Mayor Makes Plea To Governor Scott To Save School

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Hamilton Co., FL - June 05, 2012 -

Governor Rick Scott toured several North Florida counties Tuesday including Hamilton County where in Jasper he met with a round table of 50 citizens to discuss economic issues.

During that round table, the mayor of White Springs made her plea to the Governor to save South Hamilton Elementary School from being closed down by the school board or at least support their application to become a Charter School.

After the round table Mayor Miller told Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg why she is so fired up about this.

"It is totally crazy to close an "A" school and move the kids to an "F" school," said Helen Miller, White Springs Mayor.

This all started because Central Hamilton Elementary in Jasper had been failing for too long. The Florida Department of Education forced the school board to make a decision. So they voted to close South because it's physically smaller than Central.

"That's not what the legislature had in mind. That couldn't be what "No Child Left Behind" was all about," Mayor Miller told Gullberg.

Gullberg asked Governor Scott about it point blank.

"Is closing a top performing school to save a failing school something that was ever planned for," Gullberg asked the Governor.

"Well as you know these decisions get made at the local level but we've got quality school boards across the state," Governor Rick Scott told Gullberg.

Governor Scott says he is generally in favor of Charter Schools.

"And the more choice we can provide for our parents, that will raise the bar for all of them. So I'd like to get more information with regard to what is happening there," Governor Scott said.

During the round table, Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson advocated for Charter Schools but says he has to decline 75% of Charter applications. He says he is pro-Charter Schools, but only for "good" ones in general.

"So I'll be interested to watch what happens with this one from a far," Education Commissioner Robinson said.

Mayor Miller says Commissioner Robinson invited her to send an informational packet on the issue. She said she will be mailing it out the next day.


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  • by Joyce Location: United States on Jun 11, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    As a former teacher of Hamilton and Madison County Schools. I hear blame going out to everyone, but no solutions. There are things wrong in every area of education, from the home the child comes from, all the way to legislature. One thing is for sure, our children are suffering, for several reasons - one is that they are not held accountable. It's always "you gave me or my child" this grade. Students EARN grades and they all start out with an A, but absentees and disrespect for self, authority and others impedes every environment. YOU may not want to hear it, but we need to forget about color and position and PRAY!!!!!!!
  • by Parent Location: WS on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    I chose to not send my children to SHE for other reasons BUT it is a good school. There was a memo sent out offering the teachers raises if they basicly go along with what Butler wants. She doesnt care about the children. The children of White Springs will suffer in many ways. Many of the families will not be able to travel over 14 miles to be active at Central. Young children do not need to be on a bus for that length of time. If SHE does not remain open or a charter school I will continue to send my children to better schools outside Hamilton Co. Instead of closing an A school they need to work on the issues at the high school.
  • by Tammy Location: WS on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    anonymous, I dont know where you receive your information, but South Hamilton did not acquire all of its high performing students. They did acquire a couple. but along with those, they also acquired many below level students who are excelling. The fact is that SHE has many wonderful teachers, who actually care about the student snd many parents and grandparents who also support the kids. As far as the size restrictions, I believe that they will fall into the categories they need to be. When you live in the shoes that we have and have seen the children cry because they want to remain in their school, then maybe you might not have such a negative attitude
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:41 PM
    The only reason south hamilton is a high performing school is because it acquired all the high performing kids from other schools, there is no hard data that suggests that the school improves underperforming students into exceptional students. Now they want to be a charter school except the majority of teachers are going to leave because the pay will be less and the working hours will be longer plus many parents that voted for charter school will discover that their children will not be able to attend because of size restrictions on the charter school.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: White Springs, FL on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    So very sad to see this small school close. The kids are getting a good education as evidenced by their test scores and now they will be sent by buses to the other side of the county and will lose all of that education time. Plus the town of White Springs needs this school. Bigger is not always (or is very seldom) better.
  • by Al on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    Roninson, Scott , and Obama need to hit the road along with DOE.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    Why not get rid of every school in Madison County also...money pit...kids in Madison are taught less and learn less and less each year....Yeah, the numbers are available for those individuals who value facts over feelings.
  • by white guy on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    lets close down another school and over crowd the other schools. sounds like a winner. By the way if so many ppl are against Marks how does he stay in office? As for R.Scott hes helping fl, havent you watched the commercial for fl tourism? lol
  • by Chicken Gutz on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:14 AM
    Asking Governor Goon to save a school is like asking Richard Nixon to guard the constitution.
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      by roger on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      And you are a sick, uninformed, ignorant individual! Just the type of voter obama wants…brainless!
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        by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:03 PM in reply to roger
        The slightest bit of facts checking shows you to be a the sick, uninformed, ignorant individual. What are you? One of these "I'll make itm up, if the facts don't fit what I want to believe. History has shown that Nixon created constitutional crises when he violated the Constitution's provisions.
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        by truth on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to roger
        and you are just what romney wants 'A PUPPET"
  • by darn it on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    I thought Marks was actually trying to do something. Then I started reading. Oh well, nothing done by the mayor, crime goes on, I'm out in 2 months, good luck guys...
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      by Chicken Gutz on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:16 AM in reply to darn it
      Good that you just started reading, but you should have been able to read years ago. But I guess that's what happens to a mediocre mind when exposed to Preston Scott.
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        by darn it on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:39 AM in reply to Chicken Gutz
        I was talking about the headline, and because of it I was amazed our do nothing mayor may actually be making an attempt at performing his job. Mediocre mind? I am very confident my IQ is well above yours, and I refuse to be drug into a battle of wit and wisdom by someone who goes by the name of the digestive tract of a galliform. Now go spew manure on someone else, or add to your own compost pile.
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          by Preston Scott on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to darn it
          LOL!!!
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      by roger on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:22 AM in reply to darn it
      Are you kidding, the only way Marks would do something worthwhile is if he could line his pockets....
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        by Truth on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to roger
        sounds more like you are talking about scott!!
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          by darn it on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:12 PM in reply to Truth
          Chicken Gutz? Hello? I sowwy... @truth-yes, Scott, but also Marks, Biden, Obama, Gingrich, the names go on forever. Meaning that all our public servants, excuse me, our leaders, wait, I mean our celebrities in office... think I got it right there, they are all a bunch of crooks. All of them, Dems, Repubs, and the rest, from local mayors, sheriffs, city and county commissioners from across the country, all the way to the president, they need to be reminded they work for us. We didn't put them in office to help themselves out and push a different agenda on us once they were elected.
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