Friday, July 8, 2011

Here is the show.

Here is the audio of WJNT this morning. The Kingfish discussed the bond issue for Rankin County schools with Kent and Larry this morning. Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Wow. You have a pretty nice voice.

Carla Nations said...

Thank you so much for finally telling people the facts. WJTV had it all screwed up and had people up in arms. I am a teacher and know how hard it is to teach way too many kids in a classroom because there's nowhere else for them to go and not to have the quality supplies and technology to teach them things they need in today's world.

Amy McAllister said...

Every parent in Rankin County should be required to listen to that! Even if they do not support the bond issue afterwards, at least they will hear the real facts instead of the garbage that WJTV and the Clarion-Ledger have put out. Thanks as well for pointing out how good schools can keep community property values high. It is very much worth the $5 per month to me. RCSD teachers have made due with what we have for the last few years, but eventually, we will be so overcrowded that we won't be able to do it. Our great test scores show that we are working to see that our students succeed...imagine what we could do if our kids had what they needed! :) Thanks again for being fair and accurate!

Reed said...

I thought it was a good segment and did a good job of clearing up some of the misinformation around aspects of the bond issue, especially the athletics funding. However, try as he might, Larry Nesbit was awfully favorable toward the bond (Kent lesser so). I have heard him before rail against the idea that money is the solution to education problems, so I was surprised at how sympathetic he appeared to be, despite his protestations of it being merely information. KF did a good job of presenting nothing but the facts.

I am a Rankin County resident who sends his child to private school, but I will probably be voting for the bond. However, I completely understand the opposition some may have toward it, given the present economic climate.

J. Kev said...

Reed --

I heard about 10 minutes of the segment. My take on Larry's position: bond-issue education money will be much more efficiently spent in Rankin County than it would be in Hinds.

In other news, Lee surrenders.

Kingfish said...

What specific criticism do you have of the bond issue?

J. Kev said...

Kingfish (or is it "The Kingfish"?):

To whom was your question directed? I have no dog in the fight. Don't live in Rankin.

Kingfish said...

You. You are the one making the criticism. I'm asking you to back it up.

KaptKangaroo said...


You know where I stand on this. I fully support it, especially now after the interviews you conducted and the facts that have been shared.

One thing that I commend the Board for is their transparency and willingness to share information and show its constituency how they are spending the money in a responsible manner.

Kudos to all.

J. Kev said...

Maybe I wasn't clear, though I think I was; I'm not critical of the bond issue at all.

Didn't see the JTV report. Don't live in Rankin County. I was merely commenting on another poster's remarks about Kent and Larry's takes on it.

To reiterate, my point was this: To the extent Larry was "awfully favorable," he was saying Rankin County would spend the money much more wisely.

The "Lee Surrenders" crack was essentially my saying, "Duh."

Now, please tell me what in my post was critical of the bond issue?

Anonymous said...

I did do my homework. I am against the bond issue. Too much. Until someone proposes cuts to administration and consolidation of districts.

Anonymous said...

The Rankin County district is huge. I doubt consolidation would improve the county schools.

As for cuts in administration, getting rid of Lynn Weathersby would be a good thing.

However, voting against the bond issue does nothing to administration and consolidation, but it DOES hurt the students.

Anonymous said...

Classrooms - need, new school - need, athletic (football fields)excessive, 19 mill contingency fund??? 3 mill professional development???? Hope this bond issue is defeated so the school district will come up with a true educationally based bond issue.

Kingfish said...

where is the 19 million dollars in the project list?

The athletic portion of the bond issue is 10%. 90% goes for new classrooms and school buildings. 90% is not educationally based? Thats funny. Probably went to a Mississippi public school.

Anonymous said...

I would love for the people that are against this to spend a whole day in one of those portable buildings, in the terrible heat of August, and be expected to pay attention, learn, take tests, etc. I would love to see them take a 45 minute (un-air conditioned)bus ride twice a day in the August heat--sweating, slipping and sliding, on the vinyl seats. I would welcome paying an extra $100 per month than the $900 per month I'm paying for my child to go to private school.

Anonymous said...

Since the "kingfish knows all: Is the building of an athletic complex at the new Northwest Rankin HS included in the proposed money for the Northwest zone?
NOT FUNNY: answer to you smart response.. page 3 of proposed bond issue lists 19 mill as contingency in case the cost for bid projects escalates, plus the 10+% for athletics plus the 3.3 mill for professional development. NOT

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