If the Anti-School Bond Movement ever needed a battle cry it would be“Remember the Bell South Cell Phones!” Those were purchased from the 2004 bond election pushed by the same crowd; The Alliance for Education, Philip Rozeman, The Chamber of Commerce and school board member, Larry Ramsey (at the time a Bell South employee.) All the schools were excited to get “phones” for each classroom. They promised that the phones could even work out on the playground if an emergency happened out there. NOT!
These phones were obsolete upon arrival. Some trash Bell South had not been able to sell. So Caddo Parish took them off Bell South’s hands for $795 each plus the cost of the charging stations. That’s for each classroom in 72 schools. I can’t do that high math. They sat around collecting dust for years. Some schools put them in boxes and hid them in closets. Most were never turned on. Some loyal frustrated principals tried to play the game and had a recharging station for the teachers to return the phones each day. Eventually, even those schools gave up the pretense. Then in the last couple of years some folks showed up at the schools in CPSB vans, reboxed the worthless phones and said they were taking them to the IT department at Central Office. To add insult to injury, the TAXPAYERS are still paying for those worthless things.
I wonder what business or businesses have something they can’t sell that the schools need? Big ugly metal buildings? Oh this is just one of the CBC’s financial reports. You get the idea.