School board to consider reorganization

By Greg Gelpi

A new organizational structure for the Clayton County school system will be considered by the Clayton County Board of Education.

Although the final version of the organizational plan won't be presented until the school board meeting at 7 tonight, a version of the plan in June estimated saving the school system $1.2 million.

The savings would come from combining a number of positions, cutting other positions, including three assistant superintendent positions, and other departmental changes.

The board approved some personnel restructuring when it encountered state funding cuts during the system's budgetary process in March. Superintendent Barbara Pulliam said at the time that the school system would make efforts to lose personnel through attrition, rather than firing personnel.

Part of the restructuring would change area superintendents into superintendents in charge of particular grade levels.

The June proposal also included creating a position to specifically address the needs of students who speak English as a second language.

The reorganization plan was originally to be brought to the board at its July 12 meeting.

The school board will also consider adopting a grievance plan for classified personnel.

Although Georgia is a right to work state, certified employees, such as teachers, have grievance procedures in place to contest firings. Classified employees, support personnel, such as secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria staff, have no grievance policy.

The proposed policy would provide two levels of appeals for complaints, a compromise to what the Clayton County Education Association originally pitched to the board in October.

In other business, a personnel committee meeting will be at 5 p.m., a public hearing on the school system's millage rate will be at 6 this evening and an executive session will be at 6:30 p.m.