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Clayton Schools may pull technology proposal

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The online, paperless technology proposal that school system officials recommended to Clayton County Board of Education members earlier this week, may not come up for a vote on Monday as planned, according to Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley.

The first phase of the proposed technology, which could cost $1 million over three phases, is scheduled to go before the school board for approval at its business meeting on Monday, according to the meeting agenda. During a board retreat on Friday, however, Heatley told board members he is going to ask them to pull the proposal from the agenda so his staff can gather more information about it.

The superintendent cited numerous questions raised by board members, who acted unsure about the proposal on Feb. 22, as his reason for seeking to postpone the item. He did not say when it might be brought back to the board for approval.

The technology proposal came up as the school system is proposing $85.2 million in budget cuts, which include eliminating personnel positions and part-time employee benefits.

"I listened to the board," Heatley said after Friday's retreat session. "If I feel there are questions that have gone unanswered, then I would rather pull the item until we can answer all of those questions."

The school board's business meeting will take place on Monday, at 5:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex.

The school board is also scheduled to vote on policies concerning professional opportunities and board operations/member duties, personnel recommendations and a resolution to ask the state Board of Education for certain waivers.