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Update: The City of Greenville School System Is Dead in the Water; Eiland’s Response – The Greenville Advocate

Eiland appeared on the Kyle and Dave Morning Show on Friday. Show host Kyle Haynes reiterated some of the words McLendon used the night before.

“Some of the sentences; we’re not wanted, they don’t want us involved, they don’t want our help, and I wanted you to specifically address that,” Haynes said. Is the mayor right? Don’t you want his help?

Eiland responds using his grandfather’s most famous saying.

“He said, ‘Boy, I’m like an Airedale dog; I’m smarter than I look. As the leader of a school district that serves all the children in an entire county, I would be stupid and not a very good leader if I snubbed the leader of the largest city in the county,” Eiland said.

Eiland said that after taking the superintendent’s job, he explained to McLendon that he didn’t want their relationship to be like the former superintendent’s with the city council.

“I think we all have a common cause,” Eiland said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Mayor McLendon loves Greenville, Alabama. There’s no doubt. He beams with it when he’s out in public.

Eiland said he shared the same passion, but for the whole of Butler County.

“(McLendon’s statements) couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to not wanting to work together,” Eiland said. “We met three times. For me, it’s an indication that I’m ready to sit down, talk and listen.

According to Eiland, the Butler County school system also paid $300,000 per month as well as the $800,000 paid by the city for the new Greenville High School building. There is about $15 million in work proposed for schools in the area. Of this total, $6 million had to be borrowed.

“We can’t complete each of these projects to the point that would make me happy and be so proud without help,” Eiland said. “Whether it’s the local attendance of the mayor or city council and city merchants and leaders or whether it’s with a senator or representative in Montgomery.”

Haynes reminded Eiland that on Thursday McLendon said, “They want our money, but they don’t want us involved.” Haynes asked Eiland what his interpretation of this statement was.

“I don’t know. Maybe I don’t understand the definition of involvement,” Eiland said. “Maybe that’s it. The mayor clearly knows how to run a city. It has grown exponentially when it comes to opportunities for people to come in and start a business and earn money. We have grown academically. I know nothing about a municipality and its management and I admire anyone who can manage it with ease, grace and productivity. What I know is about school, children, educators and processes.

Eiland said McLendon recently asked if he could have a say in how the donated money is spent. Eiland said he explained that the federal government tells them where the money should be spent. He explained that there was some leeway when budgeting.

“My point is, if you’re willing to help financially, why don’t I say ‘Well, mayor if you’re going to donate a million dollars’, hypothetically, why don’t I ask ‘Hey mayor, what’s Your idea of ​​how it would be better spent. Am I going to take it all? Maybe not because I know how it should be done legally and ethically. But to say I don’t want your help couldn’t be further from the truth. truth.

The original article continues below:

Any hope of a separate school system forming for the city of Greenville was dashed this morning when Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon announced on the Kyle and Dave Morning Show that a city school system would not happen. while he was mayor.

The possible formation of a municipal school system for Greenville has been a hot topic for many Butler County residents lately. A public forum was held a few weeks ago on the subject, but turned into a contentious affair when residents were promised answers but only got a ‘how to’ lesson on training of a school board.

McLendon said on the radio show that the possibility of a separate school system was “out and done,” and that he would do things differently if given the chance.

“I will tell you that (this meeting) is one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of this city for the past 34 years,” McLendon said. “We are going to start taking care of the city of Greenville again. The votes are not there to make a council municipal school system. We made the decision not to talk about it anymore. It’s finish.”

McLendon hinted that the money and assistance the county school system received from the city of Greenville would not be included in future budgets. He said the city never turned down any requests for help from McKenzie or Georgiana Schools before they were willing to work with the city on the school system.

“They don’t want us involved,” McLendon said. They don’t want to work with us, and that’s normal. They want our money, but they don’t really want to work with us. We saw it that night. The main person who stood up to speak at the start was someone hired by the school system (referring to the county school board attorney). He got up there and it’s okay, that’s the kind of thing that happens; he has the right to go up there. We got called, there was no way I was going to say anything because whatever I was saying was the wrong thing to do.

McLendon said he believed Greenville City Council had been attacked by the county school board.

“Nobody intended to control anything, I can assure you,” he said. “Over the past 15 to 20 years the City of Greenville has done everything a city I think our size can do to help the school system from the perspective of paying $800,000 a year to the school system. . Some years it was less than that…. This was the city pumping money into a Butler County school system. We were also involved during this time to help refinance a bond issue that they said was going to raise $600,000, but ended up raising nearly $3 million.

According to McLendon, Greenville also covered the expenses of school resource officers for high school and middle school, parades, and all types of maintenance needed by schools.

“We spend about $150,000 a year on this stuff that’s in school because we want to have a good school system,” he said.

Greenville stopped paying the $800,000 this year, giving the city a little break and some savings, before the city started paying $300,000 for 13 years under a previous agreement. The $300,000 will go to different schools according to McLendon.

“When you calculate it, that’s just $4 million (the 13-year deal at $300,000) we’d make. We have already made millions of dollars. Over $10 million that (Greenville) has spent over the past 15 years on everything we do (for the Butler County school system),” McLendon said.

McLendon said it wasn’t about him, it was about the kids.

“What I’m telling you is that we got involved in education for more than one reason. Yes, we all love children; loves children; everyone loves children,” he said. “We put (money) into (schools) because we want to make a difference.”

Following the city schools forum, McLendon said he spoke to every council member but one about their thoughts and how they would vote.

“The deal is that the opportunity and the chance that we find five people who want to deal with something like (what happened at the forum) and be put on that board to do what we have to do is next to impossible now,” McLendon mentioned.

According to McLendon, he and Butler County School Superintendent Joseph Eiland met for two hours on Wednesday to discuss the school system and how to move forward.

“He scored good points. I made some good points. But that’s what I know, we’re not wanted,” McLendon said. “We were treated, it’s amazing how we were treated. I believe that education is always important.

The mayor said the council will focus on new items for the city of Greenville and that the city’s school system will not be discussed in any way in the future.

Butler County Superintendent Joseph Eiland didn’t have much to say about the mayor’s announcement immediately after a city school system was fired.

“I am relieved that the proposal has apparently been dropped and that we can move forward with our mission to serve students in Butler County. I pray that every municipality in this great county will stand with our students, staff, and school and system leaders to truly help us grow and excel. We are stronger together. Eland said.

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