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School board to hold retreat in July

By Trina Trice

The Clayton County Board of Education is soliciting the help of the Georgia School Boards Association at a retreat it plans to have in July.

As a result of a unanimous vote at a Monday night meeting, the board is holding a retreat July 9-10.

"We find it necessary as a board for the GSBA to help us with all the suggestions" made by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accrediting agency, said Connie Kitchens, board vice chairwoman.

The Clayton County school system was recently placed on probation based on findings by a SACS review team that made an onsite visit in late May.

In the report, the SACS team made several recommendations and urged the board to "conduct a national search for the best available candidate for superintendent in accordance with Georgia state law and board policy."

The school board has one year to implement the recommendations. If the board doesn't make the changes, it puts the school system's accreditation in jeopardy.

When asked whether the scheduled June 24 meeting to vote on final superintendent candidate Dr. Lonnie Edwards would take place, board Chairwoman Nedra Ware said, "I have no comments about that right now."

Member Linda Crummy said about the retreat, "I hope we are in unison ? I hope we are listening to the voice of the people."

The retreat will most likely take place in Peachtree City as previous retreats have been held there, said member Barbara Wells.

The plan to hold a retreat met with opposition from some residents who attended Monday's meeting.

"Who's going to pay for this?" asked Pat Robertson, a retired teacher and a member of the Clayton County Coalition for Quality Education.

"It was suggested by the GSBA that we don't have it here," Wells told Robertson following the meeting.