HART COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
2018 Annual Report to Members
MONTHLY MEETINGS during the first half of 2018 covered a variety of topics. Question and answer sessions at the conclusion of each meeting provide a forum for members and the public to address speaker(s) regarding specific issues of concern or clarification of points discussed.
Future Plans for Recreation in Hart County – Jim Owens, Director of Recreation - January
Lake Management Issues & Corps of Engineers Hydrologist – February and March
Hart Industrial Building Association Director, Dwayne Dye - April
EMS Director of Hart County, Terrell Partain – June
Alan Powell – State Representative –July
Active Aging Resources Group – Terri Partain –August
Hart County Schools’ financial and academic issues and the upcoming ESPLOST5 referendum on the November election ballot were the focus of the September and October meetings.
See a brief summary of meeting content under the Highlights tab of our website hcpoa.info/
THE ESPLOST 5 REFERENDUM passed by an approximate 60/40 vote which indicates many county voters are not happy with the Board of Education’s management of the school system. There are many reasons why HCPOA opposed continuation of this tax a year and a half before the current ESPLOST expires but suffice it to say that lack of total transparency plus selective public reporting gives taxpayers an incomplete portrayal of what is actually occurring in academic and financial areas.
Implementation of Hart County’s Charter School System in 2014 allowed Hart County to have flexibility in exchange for adhering to certain state goals for improving overall student performance. This has not materialized according to results so far. After nearly 5 years, Hart County’s CCRPI 2018 district score of 72.7 does not meet the state’s average of 76.6. (See schoolgrades.georgia.gov/)
Compare these 2018 figures between the Hart and Franklin County high schools.
Expenditure per pupil CCRPI Score College & Career Ready
Hart $10,296 70.4 53.9%
Franklin $ 8,944 80.2 70.8%
Despite Hart County’s massive expenditures with cost overruns on new educational buildings and lavish athletic facilities there is no evidence this has helped us reach required academic goals. Perhaps less spent on structures/athletics and more on lower student to teacher ratios, the latest classroom technology, summer school, etc. would change the focus back to basic education with demonstrable results.
PLANS FOR 2019.
Continue to monitor the school system’s financial activities and academic performance.
Keep informed on progress of the county’s plans for a critically needed new jail.
Explore availability of additional medical services for Hart County.
Progress on county water.
County road maintenance.
How will the proposed fish ladder in Augusta affect Lake Hartwell water levels?
Thank you for your support. We look forward to serving you again in 2019.
HCPOA Executive Board