Did Clayton board make the right decision?

Good decision to fire John Thompson by our board of education. They identified a cancer and cut it out before it spread and caused more damage.

Given his reputation before being hired as corrective superintendent last spring, it’s no surprise that he was difficult to work with. But Thompson wasn’t supposed to even consider taking this job permanently as per his contract with the ousted board. Although he spent (wasted?) a lot of time telling anyone within earshot that he was technically the superintendent per Georgia law, he was hired specifically to help get accreditation back and then leave.

But don’t cry for Thompson. He walks away with a nice chunk of change at our expense in salary and benefits. All he’ll do is trash CCPS in general on his next interview and probably get hired eventually.

SACS’ Mark Elgart was right on about our BOE changing direction and the way business is done. Slowly but surely, it is happening and the purging of bad decisions made by the old regime is almost complete. Of course CCPS and the BOE are not perfect and there are still problems to fix. But things are looking up, so keep up the great work CCBOE! Let’s just pray that our next superintendent will be an improvement and helps CCPS continue to move onward and upward.

Do you agree with the BOE’s decision, or should they have let Thompson finish out his contract? What qualities should the BOE look for in our new superintendent?

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April 4th, 2009
9:17 pm

To HLS – I agree! Ms. Lewis worked hard and cared about kids. Now, they have given the business to Brock who only cares abot making money at the expense of kids. This is a terrible thing for our county.

Love It or Live It

April 6th, 2009
3:27 pm

Everything going on with the CCBOE is crazy and none of it should have never happen. Black people needs to learn how to come together for the good of all and not for themselves. It wasn’t about the last Board arguing or were in disagreement and it is not about this Board going to a conference that all school board members attend. It is all about the MONEY. The County is 95% black and it is only between 2-5% of black contractors in this county. The other 97% is to the old white regime and their constitutients. So, its not about a dysfunctional board it is about the board trying to get playing field right for all people to be able to get a piece of the $566 million dollars. Spend the money the correct way and that is on the Children. Let’s take care of the Children. Let’s put things in place for the Children. Let’s stop looking for deals and padding our pockets and take care the Children. Let’s make sure all of our Elementary Schools have Playgrounds. Let’s get band and orchestra programs in all our elementary and middle schools. Let’s get quality sports program so all children will be afforded the opportunity to receive scholarships for college. Lets continue to provide Academic Excellence to our students with new Innovative Programs. We have some of the best TEACHERS and had some outstanding programs so let us continue to put the children first. It should be about the Children and not about Contracts and Jobs for our Family and Friends. Our children deserves more and they deserves the best. So, CCBOE do the RIGHT thing and Start making your own Decisions and not Decisions from GAE, LOK, and your other Political Friends. Do the Right thing for the Children and Sleep Good at Night.

Decision Maker

April 6th, 2009
3:32 pm

The CCBOE did an awful thing to get rid of Julie Lewis for Brock. They will see, once again the other surrounding counties are laughing at you all. Brock is working for the State and not CCBOE. I sure hope that they allow the New Superintendent to pick attorneys because I am sure they will not pick Brock. Any attorney that acted like Brock how could he or his company be trusted. I guess any way for this Board to get its accrediation they must do it. Again, CCBOE you are Free just do the Right thing and Believe in God and you all will be alright. Oh, I forgot people that do the right thing want last in Politics so, I do understand why you all must do what they tell you all to do. Be Smart CCBOE

You Have Got to be Kidding

April 6th, 2009
3:43 pm

To HLS and SD:
Well I guess that is how you get a “search firm” to only charge you $7500! LMAO! Him and Pam Adamson are laughing at Alieka all the way to the bank! Go Alieka!


April 7th, 2009
11:12 am

That is just the think – Brock’s search will consist of looking no further than his own rolodex and putting in place one of his puppets/buddies. They could have paid him $1.00 to make a phone call and the rest is a charade like everything else this board does to pretend like they are actually on the up-and-up.

And as far as Pam Adamson and Alieka Anderson laughing to the bank, they won’t be laughing for long. Just wait until Brock’s legal bills start rolling in. We will all have to start paying more in taxes to cover those!

The Wise One

April 14th, 2009
11:10 am

The Board acted responsibly last night, the only issue now is to distance themselves from attorneys Glenn Brock and Steve Fincher. In deciding on supplemental attorneys, Mary Baker should recuse herself if Fincher’s firm is being considered. She was one of his flunkies on the board. We cannot make mistakes now-we are too close to securing accreditation again. DO THE RIGHT THING,MARY BAKER!
Someone should do an open records’ request on Fincher’s firm to see how much money has to do with his love of our Clayton County children.


April 15th, 2009
11:33 am

to – the wise one – Dr Glenn DoWell, it has been a while – you still mad about that 8%. Still attacking – making up accusations with no proof. Why? Cause you can. After looking into this little diatribe – there simply is no connection there. Hey – how is JT – have not hear from him lately either.

The Wise One

April 20th, 2009
1:22 pm

Clayton County lost a great community leader this week end. Terrell Starr made his mark on Clayton County. He will be sadly missed by the county. He was a State Senator and ended his career as President Pro Tem of the Senate.

The Wise One

April 30th, 2009
10:00 am

We will hopefully, regain accreditation by tomorrow. History will show that residents were “snowballed” concerning the loss of accreditation. It is amazing to me that we will be thankful for regaining something that we never should have lost in the first place.

Black Rain

May 4th, 2009
1:04 pm

Clayton lost acceditation – thanks to some of your old buddies, wise one. Go see if you can flim-flam a few more school districts.


June 11th, 2009
10:54 pm

Which is the very good movie in 2009? Please help!Thank you.