School board meets tonight

By Johnny Jackson

The Clayton County Board of Education Meeting tonight may prove interesting as the county addresses recent evacuee student enrollments and charter school petitions.

The board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Clayton County Public Schools Administrative Complex, following a 6 p.m. reception honoring student athletes who participated in the district's Academic and Athletic Excellence Poster Campaign.

Included on the agenda are updates on standardized testing, personnel, and contract renewals.

Sharon Halton will update the board on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and Adequate Yearly Progress for the district. And Jackie Hubbert will tell of personnel changes and recommendations on which the board is expected to act. The district is also expected to renew various contracts for this year.

But notably, the board may discuss evacuee student enrollment and charter petitions for two would-be charter schools.

Friday, the county reported an influx of 547 students who were classified as evacuees. And during an earlier Student Achievement and Support Services Committee meeting, subcommittee members decided not to act themselves on a recommendation to deny charter petitions from Foresight Career Academy, a high school, and MTC Academy Charter School, Inc., a middle school. Instead, the entire board is slated to address the recommendation tonight.

"That is going to be interesting," said board member Eddie White. "If I recall there was recommendation by Dr. (Janice) Davis to deny both of those. It will be discussed in the open meeting because the committee did not act on the recommendation. There will no doubt be some deliberation among board members."

The board agenda is about one and a half pages deep. And the board is expected to meet in executive session before and after its open meeting.

"We may be there for a while. But if it's for the boys and girls, I'm all for it," White said.