While both issues below are things I wanted to discuss this week, I couldn’t pick just one, as they are both important topics (among many other things) going on in Clayton lately.
In response to a possible second school uniform protest by high school students, I was happy that Superintendent Edmond Heatley opted to dole out detentions in lieu of suspensions. It makes more sense because there’s always a faction who don’t care about missing a day, but who wants to stay late after school?
Further, directly involving parents by having them retrieve their detained child(ren) will hopefully force them to pay attention to what their kids are doing (or not doing). Yes I know school uniforms will not solve all of the problems in Clayton County Public Schools, but they sure can’t hurt.
In addition, I recently attended the joint meeting between Clayton’s legislative delegation and our Board of Commissioners. The turnout was abysmal (as was the weather that day) – there may have been five residents in attendance (not including elected officials).
So some may not know that based on discussions at this meeting, it sounded like C-Tran could still have a shelf life if funding issues can be worked out with MARTA, the state and the federal government. This could be good or bad news depending on which side of the bus shelter you’re standing. Either way, those affected by this will probably want to contact their elected officials and let them know where you stand.
2010 is definitely going to be interesting around here! Wishing you all a safe and blessed Christmas Clayton!