Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Special Thank-You

A special thank you is in order for readers – constituent or otherwise!
I appreciate your feedback, whether it is on the blog through comments, e-mail, telephone call and/or in passing.
I have tried to keep folks up to speed on the Springfield Study Committee, and the discussions have been great. More importantly, they have been helpful.

Springfield Study Committee: Evaluating a Learning Academy

Here is a follow-up post to the post a couple of weeks ago on the Springfield Study Committee.
At our last meeting, we analyzed a “Learning Academy Concept.” Recall that this was a proposal that was discussed which would target underperforming students.
You will recall the format in which I asked last time. As always, I look forward to your feedback. We will be meeting this week.

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Stakeholders –

What input we need from Stakeholders –

Budget Implications –

More information –

The Week of October 17th

October 17, 2011 – October 21, 2011:Date & Committee/Board           Time                    Location

Monday- October 17
Animal Control                                                   6:00 P.M.            Juvenile Court
County Commission                                         7:00 P.M.             Juvenile Court              

Tuesday- October 18
911 Board                                                            9:00 A.M.                   ECC Building
Health & Safety                                                  5:30 P.M.             
Wednesday – October 19
RTA                                                                        10:00 A.M.                 400 Charlotte, Nash.
GNRC                                                                    11:00 A.M.                 400 Charlotte, Nash.                     

Thursday- October 20
Re-Districting Committee                             5:00 P.M.                    3rd Floor Conf. Rm. 
Personnel Committee                                    5:00 P.M.                    County OB                                                  

Friday-October 21

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Robertson County Reads: A Call to Help

This is “A Call to Help” for the “Robertson County Reads Program.”
What I quote (in part) here is a letter drafted by Education Committee Chairman Steve Haley to a local civic group:
Robertson County Reads is our county’s affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program which sends high-quality; age-appropriate books each month to children from birth to age five.  Books are mailed to the child at his/her home at no cost to the family.
The program was adopted for Robertson County by the County Commission as part of the Governors Books from Birth Initiative.  The Robertson County Chamber was asked to serve as the “champion” for the program, taking responsibility for fundraising and administration.
Since its inception in 2006, over 3,500 Robertson County children have been served by Robertson County Reads, with over 95,000 books being distributed.  There are currently 1,570 children enrolled, an estimated 43% of those eligible, and 1,763 children have reached age five and “graduated” from the program.
The chamber has raised close to $100,000 over the past five years to cover the cost of the program.  The cost of books and postage is approximately $28 per child, per year.  Of this the Governors Books from Birth Foundation pays half and local fundraising covers the rest.  To date we have spent $95,500 on books and postage. 
The ongoing cost of the program given our current level of enrollment is approximately $1,500 per month or $18,000 per year.  We have been receiving $2,000 annually from the United Way and another $2,000 from the local Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.  We also have initiated a program to allow folks to sponsor a child for a year at a cost of $15.   We currently have a database of sponsors which covers the costs for about 700 children.  
This program needs to move from the chamber to another entity that can manage and fund raiser for this program.   There is currently a short fall in this program and it is close to have to be shut down.  The measurements of this program are VERY long range and we won’t know who or how we have helped the participating children until years down the road. 
I quote this in part because Chairman Haley submitted this to a local group for them to consider participating in some form or fashion – “who” here is being asked is not as important as just what is being asked. Read this as an open plea to Robertson County.
As a member of the chamber and as an Education Committee member, finding a group to carry this banner forward is high priority. I think we can all agree of the value that this program - personally, I know that two of my little girls, Aubrey and Zella, look forward to and love each month's new books. This is why I am a proud financial supporter of this program.
What this program needs is a group to carry the fundraising banner forward.
If you would like to help in any form or fashion, please feel free to contact me.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Week of October 10, 2011

October 10 - 14, 2011

Date & Committee/Board                           Time                                      Location
Monday - October 10
Tuesday - October 11
Airport Board                                                     8:00 A.M.                             Airport
Law Enforcement & Workhouse Board        5:00 P.M.                             Jail
Solid Waste                                                        6:00 P.M.                             County Office Building
Wednesday - October 12

Thursday - October 13

Friday - October 14


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Springfield Study Committee: Evaluating a Magnet School

As a part of the Springfield Schools Study Committee, we are taking a look at a ‘magnet school’ this week as one of the potential solutions – whether a partial or total solution -  for some of the problems and perceptions surrounding the Springfield School System. 
We have been charged with evaluating a ‘magnet school’ with the following categories.

I would certainly value your input. Please feel free to comment below and send me an e-mail.

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Stakeholders involved -

What input we need from stakeholders -

Budget implications -

Additional Information needed -

Saturday, October 1, 2011

How the Recession Affects Robertson County

As we emerge from the most current budget cycle, one thing we must keep in mind is the upcoming property tax appraisal/assessment process – and, succinctly, how this will affect the Robertson County tax base.
Check out this piece by TCCA Executive Director David Connor as relates to the recession and its overall impact on our collective tax bases.
On September 27, 2011, the Tennessee County Commissioners Association had a regional meeting here in Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee. The topic of the re-appraisals came up. Quite frankly, several of our sister counties that are going through the process are facing dire situations – including Williamson County.

Tennessee Sales Tax

I thought this was an interesting piece on Tennessee’s sales tax:
“Tops,” or “bottoms,” depending on your point of view.

RCC: Personnel Committee

A quick note on the Personnel Committee:
There is an upcoming meeting scheduled for October 20, 2011. Now that the 2011-12 Operating Budget process is over, the Personnel Committee will endeavor to update the Robertson County Employee Handbook.
Several Department Heads have already submitted suggested edits.
Check back here for updates.

The Week of October 3rd

October 3 -7, 2011
Date & Committee/Board                           Time                                      Location

Monday - October 3
Building and Grounds                                     5:00 P.M.                             County Office Building
School Board                                                      7:00 P.M.                             Central Office

Tuesday - October 4
Budget                                                                 4:00 P.M.                             County Office Building

Wednesday - October 5
Foster Care Review Board                            9:00 A.M.                             General Sessions 
Thursday - October 6
Legislative                                                           5:00 P.M.                             County Mayor’s Office
Redistricting                                                       5:00 P.M.                             County Office Building
Planning & Zoning                                            7:00 P.M.                             County Office Building

Friday - October 7