Personnel issues dominate agendas

By Greg Gelpi

Personnel, personnel and more personnel. Proposed personnel changes and other personnel items will dominate the business of the Clayton County Board of Education tonight.

The board will hold a regular business meeting at 7 tonight at the Administrative Complex, but before the regular meeting begins the board will meet behind closed doors at 6:30 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.

And before the executive session, the personnel committee of the school board will meet at 5 p.m. at the Administrative Complex.

The committee will discuss the life and dental insurance bid, personnel changes report, teacher contracts for next school year and other personnel issues. The committee will also have an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Another executive session will be held at the end of the regular business meeting if needed. A vote could be taken at the end of the meeting as well on any motions coming from the executive sessions.

The full school board during its regular meeting will consider the format for teacher contracts, as well as a resolution to send a letter to the Georgia Assembly asking that the state consider alternatives to reducing classroom sizes for next school year.

If the state reduces classroom size, the already financially strapped school system will have to hire more teachers and incur more costs. With proposed state budget cuts, the school system could find itself $4 million under budget for this fiscal year and even worse off in the next fiscal year.

In other business, the school board will consider its employee benefit plan, textbook adoptions for foreign languages and language arts for grades nine to 12 and an international baccalaureate program for the system.