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THE LITTLE COUNTY THAT COULDN'T

by lylesg / September 7, 2008 12:43 PM PDT

?How dunderheads, dumb growth and race pushed a county to the brink?

Since the article linked below was written the ?little county? Board of Education has managed to lose it's school districts accreditation with the Southern Assn of Colleges And Schools (SACS, is a branch of the National School Accreditation Assn) and the 52,000 students attending the districts schools will suffer the most. A high school diploma from a school within this district is now worthless for entering an accredited US college. As of September 1, 08, the dysfunctional School Board, accused of infighting, violating State Open Meeting Laws and micromanaging has failed to meet nine mandates set forth by SACS right after the first of the year. After eight months and at a cost of approximately one million dollars to the county tax payers the deemed (doomed) dysfunctional School Board only met one of the nine mandates. Four years ago and with a different group of elected School Board officials, the district faced the same delema, but after a Grand Jury investigation and the resignations of most of it's members the district was placed on probation for one year and due to corrective measures within that year they managed to retain accreditation. Four years later and with different, but equally dysfunctional School Board, SACS was not so forgiving. Five of the nine board officials resigned in the past couple of months and the remaining four fought and scrapped with each other and constantly broke State Open Meeting Laws and after State Court hearings by an Administrative Law Judge the Governor was advised to dismiss the remaining four board members. The sad part is that if Governor Sonny Perdue, would have taken those measures back in April, of 08, and replaced the dysfunctional school board members with competent interim administrators the districts accreditation could have possibly been saved by the SACS deadline of Sept. 1, 08. Sad The district now has one year to get it right and if accreditation cannot be restored by Sept. 1, 09, the district will have to start over from scratch just like a new district applying for accreditation and SACS estimates that it would then be a 2-3 year process.

Note: It's a lengthy article giving a little history of the once very functional middle class Clayton County, Georgia and how a change in demographics has brought it to the ?brink.?

http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/clayton_county_s_tribulations/Content?oid=524058

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Currently there are only.........
by lylesg / September 7, 2008 12:58 PM PDT

3 new board members sitting and they are trying to appoint another 2 members (5 members are needed for a quorum) to serve until Jan. 1, 09, when newly elected officials will take office. After a quorum has been established the board can conduct business. However, it's obvious that these 3 board members are in way over their heads already and their advisor/attorney should be fired. LOL the three members are so lost and they are infighting for power and it's just about the most embarrassing situation one can imagine - at this point one has to laugh, too.

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(NT) Kids laughing?
by drpruner / September 9, 2008 3:40 PM PDT
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they finally arrived...
by James Denison / September 9, 2008 11:40 PM PDT

...only to discover everyone else was already leaving?

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