Governor vetoes funding for KSU, Clarkdale Elementary
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
June 09, 2010 12:00 AM | 4130 views | 20 20 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday killed funding for Kennesaw State University and the flooded Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell.

Tuesday was the governor's deadline to veto or sign bills from the 2010 legislative session. The two schools were included in a list of budget vetoes.

At KSU, Perdue slashed $6.4 million for infrastructure improvements that were to alleviate traffic congestion in the Chastain Road/I-75 interchange and at the university.

"This project is more appropriately evaluated, programmed and funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation," Perdue said in his press release.

The line item for Clarkdale, which was destroyed in the flood last fall, would have funded 20 percent of the cost of reconstruction through the issuance of $2 million in bonds.

"This project was not vetted through the current Department of Education capital outlay process and was not requested by the agency," Perdue writes.

State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) is far from pleased, and had harsh words for the governor, who was in Cuba on Tuesday to explore trade opportunities.

"The illegal Cuban cigars he's been smoking have done something to his brain cells," said Ehrhart, in reference to the "Cuban junket" Perdue is on this week, "marketing chickens to Castro."

Ehrhart said the KSU funding was to be the keystone that tied KSU's new athletic facilities together with its main campus.

State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) said he could understand Perdue vetoing the items if there wasn't money for them. But Parsons said he didn't understand Perdue's reasoning for vetoing simply because they hadn't gone through various state agencies. The legislators in the General Assembly were elected to decide where state funding goes, Parsons said.

In an e-mail to the Journal, Cobb School District spokesman Doug Goodwin said the district is disappointed that Perdue vetoed $2 million that would have assisted with the construction of a new Clarkdale Elementary School.

"Despite the veto, the project to reconstruct Clarkdale will move forward and the children and community will have a new school building exactly as planned and on the same schedule," Goodwin said. "Unfortunately, the veto means additional SPLOST II funds must be designated for the Clarkdale project and, therefore, funding no longer will be available for a few additional construction projects we had hoped to complete using those funds."

Ehrhart accused Perdue of "breathtaking hypocrisy" in pushing for funding to build a new building at the UGA vet school so it could be named after him, a request that didn't go through the state Department of Education.

"Anything for him is OK," Ehrhart said regarding Perdue. "If it's Oaky Woods or any of those deals he does it's OK. Sonny Perdue is on the way out the door, thank goodness. He's a petty child. I don't have any other rational explanation for it. Cobb County does not kowtow to him, therefore he seeks revenge."

Ehrhart believes Perdue's antipathy to Cobb has to do with the fact that it is the home of former Gov. Roy Barnes.

"I think that's a lot of it. He can't see straight when it comes to Roy Barnes," Ehrhart said, adding that he intends to ensure that the UGA building is named after Barnes, not Perdue.
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another anonymous
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June 10, 2010
As a part of the Clarkdale community, I have been blown away by the heartless comments from some of the MDJ readers. Clarkdale was not absorbed into Compton and Austell Intermediate schools. The staff and students of those schools have been very gracious are have crowded themselves in order to make room for the Clarkdale students.

Not rebuilding Clarkale would be like someone telling you that you couldn't rebuild your home after a natural disaster. When students and teachers become a "family", which is the way the atmosphere at Clarkdale is, you can't just go take away their home. Many of our students lost their houses and their school building. They at least need the security of knowing that Clarkdale still exists and remains strong.

I am disgusted at the comments that refer to donations given to Clarkdale as pity money, and other that state that the students of Clarkdale were absorbed in to other schools population. If you haven't been there and don't know what's going on, then you shouldn't be commenting.
Dino Dilorian
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June 10, 2010
Sonny perdue hates cobb county but will find plenty of cash for uga or his hometown, with some new "go fish" boondoggle, wasting millions. He's a crook.
Clarkdale Resident
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June 10, 2010
Let me guess, Teacher007 does not work at the schools in question, does not know the particulars of the situation, and is disgruntled because he/she was not renewed for next year. Judging by the grammar skills (or lack thereof), I would not want Teacher007 teaching my children.
anonymous
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June 10, 2010
Sonny sure did enjoy having the Clarkdale band come and play at the mansion. Yes that's right Clarkdale has the only band in an elementary school in the county. If your child's school was destroyed by an act of nature would'nt you want to see it rebuilt? Up untill the flood Clarkdale was one of the best kept secrets in Cobb County. Absorbed? No Compton and Austell Intermediate moved their schools around and made room for the stidents in their buildings and in their hearts. The rebuilding of Clarkdale will relieve overcrouding in some other local elementary schools. This will good for the whole community
Ack
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June 10, 2010
Another brain-dead, petty politician. Hey Sonny, you flunked water, transportation and education. How you cannot fund a small percentage of rebuilding a school over some technicality in an emergency situation is beyond comprehension. Don't let the door hit you in the behind on the way out... It can't happen soon enough.
Teacher007
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June 09, 2010
To Clarkdale resident, the students HAVE been absorbed at other school facilities and it is time to dissolve the dual administration. But, hey, why save money when we can waste it right?
daveyy
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June 09, 2010
Maybe this is Sonny's fix for his disasterous remarks concerning KSU and their handling of illegal aliens. I notice the article sites part of Sonny's reasoning for vetoing the money due to not going through proper channels. Could Sonny be telling the university to start dotting their 'i's and crossing their 't's? Hopefully Sonny is taking notice of how the bulk of Georgians want him to move on illegals and those that harbour illegals.
Stan Jones
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June 09, 2010
In his 8 years as our governor, Perdue has managed to set back

education in Georgia by two decades. The mistakes of our

school board and KSU in no way can justify his egregious

record as our "education" governor. His severe education cuts have

made many educators nostalgic for the comparatively fruitful

days of Roy Barnes. Our schools, students and teachers have

suffered greatly under this administration. If the Republicans

lose ground to the Democrats, they'll both have Sonny to curse

or thank. Regardless, It will take 2 or 3 gubernatorial terms to

repair the damage of these last 8 years.
Clarkdale Resident
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June 09, 2010
Anonymous wrote: "In these hard times - Clarkdale does not need a new school. We don't need to add on the additional administrators for a new school.

Local schools have already absorbed the school."

Anonymous is quite mistaken. The Clarkdale students are housed at 2 different schools, but have maintained their own identity, teachers, & principals. Clarkdale Elementary is still in existence in its people, but not in a building together. I agree that turf installation should be at the bottom of any listing of expenditures, but why shouldn't the school be rebuilt? Did the Cobb County School Board not receive insurance money towards the rebuilding of the school? I would hope those funds have not been spent elsewhere...
Mr. G
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June 09, 2010
How do we go from Gov. Perdue vetoing a bill that would have allotted money to help rebuild to school that was damaged by floods to blaming illegal immigrants? Get real; everyone just can’t blame all the problems with the County on illegal’. Last time I checked, this County and this State is run my legal Americans, so take your issues up with them.
no name
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June 09, 2010
Another reason not to like Perdue. What is he doing in Cuba?
Pat H
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June 09, 2010
The money should come from Papp's, the attorney's and the security officer's salaries. Kick them all out for aiding and abetting illegal aliens, along with any other illegals in the school.

As taxpayers, we want our money to go to legal residents and law-abiding Americans.
NewName
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June 09, 2010
Let's move on from re-building this school. Consolidation will be the wave of the future, especially after a year or two more of further cuts and lay-offs. Let's move on from this insanity and focus on the resources we have in place now and stop spending more of the taxpayers money on capital projects. Move on.
Please reconsider
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June 09, 2010
Why would the school board continue on this crazy path. The students have been relocated and no one is in a trailer as a result of the school closing. A new buildin is going to have an impact on the general fund after it is built. PLEASE WAKE UP and exercise some COMMON SENSE!
sprdprmom
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June 09, 2010
Way to go Sunny (for once is a good while). Clarkdale has gotten enough pitty donations and KSU needs to clean up and not accept illegals. Without the illegals driving around, how much traffic congestion will they really have?
Open your eyes
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June 09, 2010
Okay so now we have to delay other construction projects to accomodate Clarkdale ES, well I sure hope that it is the turf projects!

And someone please help Pebblebrook HS, I am not from that area but having seen the pictures of the warn out, mold and rodent infested school, I would think this would be a priority over turf fields!
anonymous
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June 09, 2010
In these hard times - Clarkdale does not need a new school. We don't need to add on the additional administrators for a new school.

Local schools have already absorbed the school. Leave it alone and get ALL kids in Cobb county out of trailers.

Sonny is an idiot
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June 09, 2010
Sonny is going to veto everything because he did not receive his wasteful money for his horsefarm and the little league in his county. He has done nothing but ruin education. Keep in mind that Banres was NO better either. The two of them are like children. We need to vote all of these incumbents out of office and get people who care!
attnsaveoak
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June 09, 2010
Please help Oakwood High School continue to serve Cobb County Students!

Must act now!

(You are still able to sue and have them STOP the closure b/c of due process violations.)

6/9 CCSD Board Meeting-Wednesday-come to speak; come to support Public Comments -

7:30 AM sign in to speak

Board Meeting, comments - 8:30 AM

514 Glover St. Marietta, Georgia 30080

(Legal Adoption of the FY2011 Budget at Regular Board Meeting)
truth hurts
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June 09, 2010
Don't give a dime to that illegal immigrant harboring university.
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