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BOE has ninth high school, legal services on agenda for tonight

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Board of Education is going to be asked by school system administrators to consider a timeline of events for the construction of the county's ninth high school at 7 p.m., tonight, during a monthly work session at the central administration complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Also, board members will have an opportunity to ask questions about a proposed resolution to end interim legal services for the school district. An update on supplemental legal services is scheduled from Dorsey Hopson, the school system's in-house legal counsel.

The new high school, and another athletic stadium, will be built on property behind Southern Regional Medical Center that was purchased in a controversial 2006 land deal. A Clayton County grand jury said the school system was a poor steward of taxpayers' dollars for buying the land for $10.2 million, when appraisals showed the value did not exceed $8 million.

The school system's former legal counsel, the law firm of Weekes and Candler, ended its association with the school system in early July. Board members were informed of the decision the night before the findings from another investigation -- performed by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig -- indicated that representatives of Weekes and Candler did not handle the purchase properly.

Hopson, a member of Greenberg Traurig at the time, was named interim legal counsel for the school system the following night. He was made the school system's permanent, in-house legal counsel a month later.

Board members also will receive the financial, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax III, construction and personnel changes reports from members of the school system's administration. In addition, they will hear information about a bid for school buses, and consider their meeting schedule for 2008.

None of the items on the work session's agenda will be up for a vote until the Nov. 5 board meeting.