Everybody seems to have an opinion on the GHSA’s new reclassification plan. Here are excerpts of a recent column by one of our colleagues, Adam Krohn of the Gainesville Times. (You’ll need to go here to read the full article and then come back and comment). We at the AJC don’t endorse or oppose Mr. Krohn’s views, but we certainly think the reclassification is worth talking about a few more times:
There’s a civil war going on in Georgia, and once again, it’s the North that’s winning — for now …
The six-classification plan earned the 26 votes required for a majority vote thanks to the 17 metro Atlanta schools, which voted 17-0 in favor of the six-class plan. The only reason the six-class vote took place is because [the GHSA attorney Alan Connell] allowed the executive committee to break its own rules, so who set the “dangerous precedent” here?
GHSA executive committee member Jesse Crews says he has a lawyer who will first speak with Connell this week as a courtesy before taking legal recourse. If Crews’ lawyer has even a minimal ability to apply law, he’ll be able to poke holes in Connell’s misinterpretation of the by-law as easily as someone holding a needle to a balloon full of water.
It’s clear that Connell did not look at the by-law objectively. Instead, he tried to make the square peg of a by-law somehow fit in to the circular agenda of one segment of the executive committee. What he should have done was make a motion to amend the current by-law to fit his agenda, and then have the executive committee vote on that. That amendment would likely have been passed, 26-24.
But there was an obvious and unexplained rush to make sure the six-class plan was voted on right then, at that meeting. So Connell chose to compromise the integrity of the organization by allowing it to violate its own constitution.
And so here we are, with a legal situation, and a valid one.
As messy as it already is, the current state of the divided executive committee is only going to get more messy now that it appears it will take a party outside of the GHSA to resolve its in-house issues.
The dysfunction of the GHSA executive committee is prevalent, possibly irreparable and downright embarrassing for the organization. And I don’t see how the sad state of the committee can change any time soon, or without the law stepping in.
What are YOUR thoughts? Please post below.