LOA is a part of the Greene County Public School System. The students attending LOA are considered students and counted as students of the Greene County Public School System just like the students at the Union Point STEAM Academy Charter School. Plain and simple, no matter how you slice it, just because LOA is a public charter school does NOT make it “private.”
I believe the Blog Admin should have censored your post for your comment claiming that LOA discriminates against the rest of the school system as there is no basis for such a statement when the majority of the students attending LOA are from outside of the lake area. Can you defend (using the true definition of discrimination) your statement with supporting examples and specifics? Of course not, because LOA does no such thing.
Tremendous efforts are underway to try to “fix” the school in Union Point, so the “Big Picture” IS being worked on. LOA is just one of five public schools in Greene County that has demonstrated that success can be attained. Why blame LOA for doing well and condemn them? Support what is working while challenging what is not to improve. What efforts have you made towards fixing the “Big Picture”?
In case you have missed it in previous posts, the school system as a whole, not counting LOA, has been failing for decades and no one has seemed to care until LOA proved we have exceptionally talented kids all across the county. Now everyone wants what LOA delivers, but wants to stagnate LOA’s inevitable growth to solve the “Big Picture.” How will stagnating LOA fix the rest of the schools and solve the “Big Picture”? Can’t LOA expand concurrent with efforts to fix the rest of the system? Please explain why the efforts can’t be accomplished concurrently. In other words, how does fighting against LOA fix the rest of the system?
As far as you paying taxes for schools as I assume by your statement that you no longer have any kids in school, I suspect people just like you paid school taxes while your kids were in school, much like people just like you paid school taxes when you were in school. If you are suggesting that retirees should be exempt from paying school taxes, what about young couples who choose not to have kids (or can’t), shouldn’t they also be exempted? If I choose to not use the new local hospital, shouldn’t I be exempt from paying my share of the $1M in indigent care funding they are seeking from the county?
Schools are built all over Georgia where growth is taking place and anticipated, which is why the hospital chose to move to the lake area right near LOA as this area is destined for growth. This growth will actually help lower your tax burden over time as there will be more businesses and people paying. I just can’t understand why something as common as building or expanding a school is such an issue to some people when it is a natural progression all over the world. In this case, LOA is an exceptional school among the best in the State and should be supported…most communities would embrace a school like LOA and support it, but somehow Greene County is “special” for sure!
I have lived here for several decades now and at one time worked with others to try to help “fix” the school system. Every school board I dealt with as part of a core group that wanted better for Greene County children refused to admit there was a problem in the first place, so how can we try to fix something when the responsible party fails to see it is broken? LOA was the first step that helped to illustrate that there is a problem. So despite whatever disgust you must have for LOA, it has challenged the entire district to admit that the “Big Picture” needs to be solved.