BOE's ethics commission to meet for first time

The Clayton County Board of Education's new ethics commission will meet for the first time tonight, at 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Administrative Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

The purpose of the meeting will be to get the commission set up, and determine how the body will operate.

It will begin with the election of the commission's chairperson and vice chairperson. The commission will also review it's purpose; adopt a method for how the school board's office will provide the commission with support staff; determine an operating budget; identify and retain an independent legal counsel; adopt sanction guidelines, and determine a procedure for processing complaints.

The commission was established by state law in May as a method of making sure members of the school board do not act in an unethical manner. Unethical behavior by former school board members helped lead to the school system losing its accreditation in September.

- Curt Yeomans