Calhoun County School Board Member Danny Ryals (district 1) had a chance to personally deliver a request for funding on the new Blountstown High School to Governor Charlie Crist.
A private reception was recently held for Gov. Crist at the home of Drs. Tracey and Sarah Clemmons in Marianna. “I was begging for dollars,” Ryals tells The County Record. “I got a promise that we would receive the second year monies of $12 million!”
Ryals hand delivered a letter from Calhoun County School Superintendent Tommy McClellan thanking Gov. Crist for his assistance in obtaining funds to begin construction on the new high school. “However, we were only awarded the first year of funding of a two year project,” McClellan explained in his letter, adding, “This was the first time our district had ever asked for any facilities money from the state to build a new school.
We would be so very grateful if you could help us obtain that second year of funding so that we can complete our school project.”
Superintendent McClellan also noted that Calhoun County has been an “A” school district for six years in a row.
12 Million in 2nd year funding??? That is A LOT of money, considering school systems 3 times your size don't get that, and they score way higher in ever scholastic aptitude tested.
Is this going to be done by local workers, or is it going the way of no-bid deals?
I am astounded to learn some the policies and lack thereof of your local government, and would be curious to see if any jobs will open to your local constituents, rather than go to contractors that "know someone who knows someone".
D.W- know what you're talking about before commenting. I don't know about Blountstown, but Altha students who will have the choice of attending said school, have consistently place in the top 5 during the FCATs and that's out of the entire state! I believe (but not certain) that the last testing Altha students of all grades, placed 1st in Math, 2nd in English and I think 3rd in Science. Now as to "score higher in ever scholastic aptitude tested", I SERIOUSLY doubt that. I am from Mass originally where they have tested either #1 or #2 in the nation for decades and NY is fairly close to Ma. scholastically and yet my grandson came from NY two years ago, and he had to CATCH UP to the Altha students because they were studying so far ahead of the No.Eastern schools. After his year here, he went back to NY and had to wait for NY students to catch up to HIM. Being ex-USAF, I was stationed in NJ and PA and after observing the school districts up there I opted NOT to put my children in those schools because they were so far behind. Please research the costs for building Central Florida's schools like Poinciana HS, Horizon middle school as they cost far more and yet don't produce students of the same high caliber that Altha does.
Research, THEN open mouth.
Altha score the top 5 in FACT scores, Blountstown will drop them to the bottom 5 when it is over with.
We need a private school in Altha FLorida now.
Again CONservatives spend more money on these projects, and it costs us more,
While it is true that Altha Public School received an "A" grade and Blountstown High School received a "D" grade, it is not valid to compare the two grades because APS is a K-12 school while BHS is a 9-12 school. The whole truth is that 9th grade students at BHS out-perform 9th grade students at APS and 10th grade students at BHS out perform 10th grade students at APS on the FCAT. The difference is that APS school wide scores are higher because they are bolstered by really high scores from the elementary grades. BHS has no such advantage because the elementary students are scored seperately as students of BES.