BOE elects new leaders

Recently, a new chairperson and vice-chairperson were elected to preside over Clayton County Public Schools’ Board of Education.

In 2008, Dr. Pam Adamson was elected to fill an unexpired term in District 1. According to the Clayton News-Daily, Chairperson Adamson doesn’t believe her connection to the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools was the reason her peers elected her, and I’m inclined to agree. Despite her online biography, anyone who has spoken with Dr. Adamson can interpret she how much she cares about CCPS and Clayton’s children.

Vice-Chairperson Charlton Bivins (District 9) was elected to fill a vacant seat in 2008. His public service history includes being one of the founders of the Concerned Citizens of Clayton County, Inc. (C-4), an organization credited by SACS’ Mark Elgart for serving as “a barometer of the community’s tie with the school district” and responsible for educating over 800 citizens on the impact of accreditation loss when residents were searching for answers.

Both were re-elected November, 2010. CCPS will have its final SACS review in April.

This change comes in the midst of many other CCPS success stories, among them having six schools recognized under the state’s Single Statewide Accountability System, and watching the number of Clayton’s Title I Distinguished schools rise from 27 to 34. This includes Morrow Elementary School, which just received platinum status for making AYP ten years in a row.

“This recognition of the hard work of our students and staff, bolstered by the support of our parents and community partners is our encouragement to achieve excellence,” said Superintendent Edmond Heatley. The BOE will honor those 34 schools at its next regular board meeting on February 7.

Your thoughts?

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47 comments Add your comment

Clayton resident

January 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Both Adamsin and Bivins are good choices for chair and co-chair. I think Pam’s being kind, her status with SACS has to carry some weight, but thankfully she’s on our side. Wishing them both the best.

getyourown

January 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

It’s a crying shame that schools in even the most affluent parts of Clayton County are still considered “Title I”. That’s government speak for poor people! I wish the BOE the best of luck, they’ll need it!

retired

January 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

I know Pam Adamson..she was a math coordinator when I taught at a Middle School. She has a lot of time invested in Clayton County Schools. She is smart and will do a good job. Mr. Bivins will do well also, I am sure. I would like to see more charter and magnent schools in this county. It is time to really do something different.

Maxx

January 24th, 2011
5:10 pm

Keep up the good work Clayton BOE…I sub in this county and I can see the difference in many of the classrooms that I am assigned to. Clayton is quietly rising back up from scum and weasles that helped to cripple this county’s image and perception. Attitudes have definitely changed since “those day.” It is interesting to see the bias that the media is showing in regards to the APS situation. The media, along with SACS, threw our entire county under the bus; schools, children, homeowners…you name it. We knew we had incompetent and foolish board members. APS on the other hand have incompetence, cheaters and arrogance, all wrapped up in one. The media, along with Deal and his action figures are going smooth this issue out and make it all go way..just watch and see. Hey media..call it like you see it..regardless of the color of the guilty.

Brick House in FP

January 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

With the passage of The School Board Reform Bill, The Governor will have more authority to remove Board Members, than he had in the past. The bill was aimed towards the benefit to prevent what happen in Clayton County, but yet, see how many of our Clayton County Legislators fail to support this bill.

…Another Bill became Law with or without much help from The Legislative Branch from Clayton County; At Least, some supported it but not all.

THE
VOTES

The State Senate

April 21, 2010 9:29PM

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/sv0807.htm

The House

April 21, 2010 6:46PM

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0878.htm

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/sb84.htm

The other side from a parent and voter

January 24th, 2011
7:48 pm

Adamson does not support the parents in her district, she does not return emails or phone call she was the best we had to vote for in this last election. Same for Bivens, rarely shows up for meetings and when he does he most times abstains. Mr. Searcy would have made a better board member for our children. But we have two years to find some really good candidates to replace those up for reelection, not all just, 3 of them.

pip

January 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

the BOE is growing up – good choices – Adamson and Bivins- keep going forward – Good Luck BOE

The other side from a parent and voter

January 24th, 2011
9:20 pm

Sorry, but this WHOLE BOE is a mess. Adamson and bivens do not do not return phone calls, nor did Anderson or Burroughs. They are all nice people who seem to get along but they lack the ability to lead. We need a board who realizes that they are the superintendent’s boss not the other way around. Can you spell WEAK? Pray for our children and we must make a change in 2012 of at least 3 of them.

Truth and Consequences

January 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

New leadership at the BOE is what Clayton needs! The entire county is on the rise. All the board members have finally figured out what must be done to toe the line, act amalgamate to continue to spend 20% of the funding on the children and 30% on staff and 40% on those that makes the county run smoothly and efficiently. The accrediting agency will be happy at how improved things have gone. Taxpayers must know the majority of the school district’s budget is not intended to be spent on the children; especially in majority minority counties! Realistically though! How many of those kids are expected to graduate any? Somebody better teach Atlanta BOE how to disperse school funding. Politics 101: Don’t Upset The Plutocrats.

WTF?

January 25th, 2011
6:41 am

Dr. Adamson always returned my phone calls and emails usually within a day. Don’t know about Bivins, but he seemed okay when I talked to him in person at board meetings. Sounds like some of the old board members still lurking to keep the nonsense going. If do us a favor and please stay gone.

Nospin

January 25th, 2011
11:16 am

Apparently there are some in this forum that have not learned there lesson about messing around with the school board. They have short memories, or they are old board members trying to stir up trouble again. Another snake from the old days is about to raise his ugly head also, and try to regain power in the county. You will be hearing more about it soon. The nerve of some of these people!

Brick House in FP

January 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

Nospin : “short memories”

Day Dreamers, Drug Addicts, Alcoholics, and Pacifists usually does. Don’t be surprised for a rerun of the 2004 Clayton County Elections in 2012.

Nospin

January 25th, 2011
3:58 pm

The person who made Clayton County the laughing stock of the entire USA(on many occasions), cost this county a fortune, and was a miserable failure, was elected here, after being fired in South Carolina, and is the poorest example of any law enforcement person I have seen in my life, is planning to run again. Why? My guess is he cannot hold a job, selling cars, or otherwise, so living on the taxpayers dime probably looks good to him. And who knows? The idiots that live in this county are about intelligent enough to vote for the fool.

Brick House in FP

January 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

Nospin; All of our Elected Officials has some kind of connection. Sheriff Kimbrough was a registered lobbyist with the Georgia General Assembly !!
http://www.claytonsheriff.com/Sites/history_PastSheriffs_Kimbrough.htm

Altruistic

January 25th, 2011
8:29 pm

New leadership is a godsend. We must be headed in the right direction. More schools being recognized for Title I awards. However, I think the majority of the voters have given up; this includes BOE members. Seems like they are tied of being trampled by those with more money, power and media control; thus dispersing boarder kool-aid! Things in the schools will be great now that the complexion of the leadership has changed! This must be welcome news for the accrediting agency. The greedy control the purse string again. Some things never changes.

BOB

January 26th, 2011
8:20 am

Searcy is nothing more than a Synamon stand-in. We need less of the me-me leaders and more of those who can put the citizen agenda above their own.

Pip

January 26th, 2011
8:22 am

nospin – you can name the fool – Victor Hill.

Clayton resident

January 26th, 2011
8:48 am

The “complexion” of this group really hasn’t changed much from the boe members that got removed by the governor, there’s what, one more white person? Still no latinos or anyone of another race.

But the intelligence level has definitely skyrocketed!

Clayton resident

January 26th, 2011
8:53 am

A lobbyist might be able to be controlled. But a narcissist can’t be controlled.

BlackRain

January 26th, 2011
9:13 am

the naysayers on the blog against this BOE – must yearn for the return of candidates under the control of the likes of John Trotter – Glen Dowell – Lee Scott – Wade Starr. Please, No-No-No.

James Searcy

January 26th, 2011
9:31 am

BoB or BOB – whatever you call yourself. If you believe I’m nothing more than a Synamon stand-in, then you must be one of the most ignorant people in the county. I’ve noticed some of your repeated comments for the past few years and feel that you are so angry and misinformed about some of us who truly care about the county and work to make it better. You hide behind these initials and shout this trash out about others but I believe this reflects the character of who you are. I won’t waste my time with a faceless individual and you and have the advantage of knowing me by face but little else. Behavior like yours is a big part of the problem in this county. I pray to God you somehow change your ways and stop obsessing on cutting down other people. From your comment, you seem to be very much out of touch with reality since 2007. Civic illiteracy…..the key phrase that caused the creation of groups like Clayton County Wide Homeowners Assn. You can (and should) take this convert this negative energy and do something good.

Nospin

January 26th, 2011
11:42 am

You mess with the BOE, and I hope you get what you deserve. Loss of accreditation. Only a dammed fool would try to upset things there now, but then again, this county is full of them for sure. For those who think that snake from the past is not trying to return to office, below is a link for you. This guy comes back, and the remaining businesses, and jobs will leave promptly. Again, only dammed fools would put this clown back in office again.

http://www.reelectvictorhillsheriff2012.com

Brick House in FP

January 26th, 2011
1:49 pm

Clayton resident

January 26th, 2011
8:53 am
“A lobbyist might be able to be controlled. But a narcissist can’t be controlled.”

Maybe we can have much better choices in 2012 ?
Most of our Legislators, from Clayton County, has their own lap dog lobbyist and someone told them to vote against our rights for self protection in Clayton County.
If Sheriff Kimbrough would like to answer this, I would gladly welcome him to answer to my questions. As far as Walkin Small is concerned…He should have already been history in our county.

We need much better elected officials in our county; Most of us deserves that much I think most us would agree in this. What is the sense in settling for third class officials, to bring our county back up to the highest standards that it once was ?

Brick House in FP

January 26th, 2011
1:52 pm

Nospin; By post victor’s link, you just providing him with Free Campaign Publicly; Smart Move !!!

Common Sense

January 26th, 2011
4:19 pm

Too late Black Rain. The usual suspects do have their grimmy hands on several current BOE members. Attend a few BOE meetings and see for your self.

Bob

January 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

Blah, Blah, Blah sorry ya got your feelings hurt , Big egos seem to be that way

The Plutocrats

January 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

Where is Jewels’ website? These vultures usually perch together. One to pretend being sheriff, the other to pretend she was a da.

Dominion

January 26th, 2011
11:26 pm

The school district’s budget is not intended to be spent on the children; especially in majority minority districts! Spend 15% of the funding on the children and 30% on school staff and 45% for the plutocrats to prevent them from holding the Lil black children hostage with threat of accreditation loss. A majority minority BOE sign of weakness—change the complexion of BOE leadership in fear of the bias accrediting agency. Things will never change as long as the minority elected official “don’t know he’s free”, free your mind the rest will follow!

Nospin

January 26th, 2011
11:28 pm

Don’t worry the website is being advertised all over, and he already has a robo dialer calling around the county announcing his intentions. Now! Who uses robo callers that we know, who would be helping him out? Hmmmmm! This is easy.

Not Again

January 27th, 2011
6:58 am

Kem’s experience as a registered lobbyist was due to his position as a staff attorney for ACCG. The other 49 states would be so lucky to have their version of ACCG! Thank you, Kem, for full disclosure. Keep up the good work! We love you!

Enough Said

January 27th, 2011
8:51 am

This BOE is very weak! It will be another four years before a change will come to this BOE. If you care about your children or your property values, you would start going to the BOE meetings. You could see for yourself the inadequacies of those we have elected for our school board. Its OK to go on here and talk about how great they are or how awful they are, but you have to go to the meetings and see for yourself. This BOE is failing the children and the county as a whole.

Rex Mex

January 27th, 2011
9:07 am

I attend BOE meetings regularly (does anyone else commenting here do that or are you all just talking trash) and although they are far from perfect this new board is much better than the last one that lost our accreditation, actually this group is better than the last 2 or 3 boards Clayton has had. Hopefully they’ll keep improving.

Resolute

January 27th, 2011
9:13 am

Dominion and Nuff said – What a bunch of horse hockey. You are in the minority opinion in this county. Just a few of the holdbacks that only tear down the people and officials that subconsciencely – you feel inadequate to in comparison. Free your mind – and free yor life.

Brick House in FP

January 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Not Again : “Kem’s experience as a registered lobbyist”

Not Again; I afraid so. “His duties included the drafting of ordinances and legislation, and advocacy on behalf of counties as a registered lobbyist with the Georgia General Assembly”

..I would rather hear from Kem Kimbrough, rather than a fan of his. I pay taxes in this too.
…Judging by the way our State Legislators has been voting, against the rest of our state, I believe that its time to dig up some answers.
…I already know the answers, from talking with Kem and one of our State Senators from Clayton County.

Brick House in FP

January 27th, 2011
3:17 pm

And what plans does The Clayton County Board of Education has for our lack of racial diversify in Clayton County ?
Lets begin with Kendrick Middle School.

Nospin

January 27th, 2011
4:55 pm

SACS info for those who don’t know much about what, and who they are.
http://www.ajc.com/news/who-is-sacs-and-815324.html

Bob

January 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

diversity only matters in a majority white situation – no other. does not really seem fair

Maddog

January 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

Adamson is now my BOE rep, Bivins was. It did seem he (Bivins) missed a lot of meetings. Haven’t had many dealings with Adamson, but parents I talk to don’t complain. My kids are in private school. I am really hoping for some voucher relief, but plan not to have it. The more schools that SACS investigates, the better my chances. People should be more concerned about the three stooges on the BOC, Ralph, Singleton, and Hambrick. And a special hello to Nospin adn Brick House, I have missed you. I have been a little busy.

Pro Bono

January 27th, 2011
8:52 pm

So shall we take it that once the BOE falls into line with no descending votes they will be “fully committed to the protocols and guidance of good boardsmanship” as is white Gwinnett BOE? Not say black Gwinnett residents! Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience. Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. This is what we have learned, the black BOE members didn’t and won’t take accreditation; it’s the whites who take it. Always for money and power! Blacks know any other explanation given on the blog is given by a snake oil salesman. This is exhibited by the article trying to explain and justify this accrediting agency; its CEO takes instructions from whites not blacks.

Just Sayin

January 27th, 2011
9:30 pm

Clayton Resident says, “But the intelligence level of the BOE has definitely skyrocketed!” Now, the only prerequisite for the BOE is have attended some board meeting as in the board meeting without a college degree. Another prerequisite gave more money to local companies any the children! Take about intelligence level. Yeah right!

Nospin

January 28th, 2011
10:13 am

To those who still cannot except SAC’s as an authority, pity you. You most likely instill this way of thinking into your children’s minds, insuring that they too will be a failure in life, and blame everyone for their troubles, instead of rising out of the muck, and making something of themselves. Blame it on whitey! That worked well for others previously didn’t it?

Brick House in FP

January 28th, 2011
10:21 am

Bob

January 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

“diversity only matters in a majority white situation – no other. does not really seem fair”

Have we lost the meaning diversity in the Clayton County School System ?

Just Sayin

January 28th, 2011
11:07 am

Yes, of course we lost some diversity in Clayton–they left years ago with white flight out of Clayton to what was once rural area. However, it looks like the economy is bringing them back home!

Truth or Consequences

January 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

Question, why must our metro majority minority BOE’s voted in harmony? Why, does the accrediting agency want at least 9-0, 8-1or 8-2 votes or they’ll take the district’s accreditation? That’s not a requirement for our local, state or federal governments. Look at how the republicans in DC votes totally and entirely against everything the president does or says! Yeah, I know! This SACS is about the total disrespect of the black vote. They’ll take accreditation remove board members thus disenfranchising the black vote. Now, that’s a fact. Scandalous!

Brick House in FP

January 28th, 2011
2:59 pm

Just Sayin :
“Yes, of course we lost some diversity in Clayton–they left years ago with white flight out of Clayton to what was once rural area”

Isn’t it wrong to admit that the whites left Clayton County from their fear of the Blacks ?

All whites was not from the same cultures, backgrounds, or social societies. Wouldn’t it be unfair to compare all whites, as it would be to compare all blacks ?

For those that left Clayton County by their own fears, They must have not cared too much about their communities. For those that remained, they deserve more respect than actually receive in return.
I can keep everything to myself, but, I owe too much to my fellow human beings, to let any nonsense come between our peaceful existence.

Just Sayin

January 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

Brick House in FP, I said the whites left the county with the “white flight syndrome”. I didn’t say they moving in “fear” of blacks, it may have been racism! Hmm, I wonder, what about you; what do you think?

HLS

January 31st, 2011
12:03 pm

Jus Sayin – Welcome back Mr. Glenn Dowell. You are such a smart man – but oh so transparent. The BOE is doing just fine without you. The intelligence level was quite high with the doctors of divinity and the masters degrees and the doctorates that were on the BOE that caused us so much shame. This BOE appears to have something even more valuable – Common Sense.

Guess those built-in state-wide contacts thru the BOE did not quite work out. How the business of fleecing the GA taxpayers.

As about the white flight – – Racism – no – Prejudice -yes. There is a difference. But neither are good. And the issues of lower property values became a self-fulfilling prophesy.