Vote Yes Supporters Upset About Buses To Consolidation Forum

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - October 25, 2011 -

Parents, faculty and board members sling rhetoric in Valdosta City School's final open forum on consolidation Tuesday night.

The forums are said to be strictly bi-partisan, but not everyone agrees.
"We should not consolidate these two school systems," said Dr. Bill
Cason, Valdosta City Schools Superintendent.

Now "Vote Yes" supporters are questioning the legality of how many parents got to the meeting.

School buses were commissioned by the Valdosta Board of Education to drop parents off.

Roy Taylor's not pleased.
"But if our buses are being used, there will be some law suits brought against our local education officials," Taylor said.

Taylor says he's a tax payer, so he owns those buses as much as anybody.

He doesn't appreciate the use of the buses.

Taylor questions if this is even legal.

"It is legal," says Superintendent Cason. "Simply because the funding source to pay for this is coming out of a private fund and not tax payer money."

Superintendent Cason says the bus transports are being paid for through a discretionary fund.

The total cost is less than 200 dollars.

That money comes from sales of coke products to students in the school.

Taylor just wants what's best for the students.

"We should be busing our children and getting our parents up to the school house to find out how their children are doing in school."

This was the last open forum hosted by Valdosta City Schools, but there is still one more open forum coming up.

It will be Tuesday, November 1st, at Lowndes High School.

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