Clayton residents know better than any other metro Atlanta county the power a school board has, and how its members can contribute to making or breaking a school system.
Recently, other counties have been exposed for similar (or some may argue, worse) acts as compared to those which caused Clayton County Public Schools to lose its accreditation. While I wouldn’t wish what we went through on anyone, some Clayton residents wonder why SACS wasn’t as quick to punish those counties currently making headlines. Some have blamed this slight on race, but given DeKalb’s makeup that conclusion seems unlikely.
Four Clayton Board of Education members up for reelection in November are running unopposed. So if you have an issue(s) with how the BOE currently operates, know that the players will not change until 2013. This includes Superintendent Edmund Heatley, whose contract was recently extended through June 2013.
The AJC article lists the problem areas most school boards experience as a lack of financial savvy (personal and professional), the state’s failure to police training requirements, nepotism, and micromanaging. In which area do you think our BOE could use improvement? In what areas are they doing well?
Are our BOE and superintendent leading CCPS in the right direction?
Click here to view Clayton’s AJC school board report card listing individual BOE member statistics.
Preparation for The Grassroots Leadership Institute’s First Annual “Hands on Clayton” Empowerment Fair scheduled for Dec. 4, is underway. The Education Committee is reaching out to individuals and organizations who deal with educating Clayton’s children and community for assistance. If you would like to participate in ANY way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or “friend” Hands on Clayton on Facebook for more information.