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Clayton BOE poised to set millage rate

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Board of Education is expected to vote Monday on whether to keep its millage rate at the maximum amount allowed under state law.

The school system is recommending keeping its millage rate at 20 mills for fiscal year 2011. Under state law, BOE members cannot exceed that rate without legislative, and voter, approval.

During the same session on July 12, members will discuss the hiring of a construction management firm that several board members have doubts about.

The approval, or rejection, of the Atlanta-based Gude Management firm has been in discussion for six months. If approved, the firm would serve as a construction consultant during the completion of several building projects in the district.

Last week, several board members were outspoken in their dissatisfaction with the redistricting work the company did on the attendance boundaries for Charles R. Drew High School, from late 2008, to early 2009.

If the board members agree to hire the firm, Gude would be paid $26,100 a month, according to an executive summary for the request on June 28.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, which is located at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

Additionally, board members are scheduled to hear public comment, and vote to approve the school system's monthly financial, purchasing, personnel changes, and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV reports.

There should also be a vote on approving personnel recommendations scheduled to take place, according to a copy of the meeting's agenda.