Bell: SACS warning for residents, not BOE

Chairman says voters can reshape board

MORROW — Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell said he sees the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ warning letter to Clayton County school system officials as more of a message to county residents, than their school board members.

With five school board seats up for election in November, Bell said voters in the county have to take extra care in deciding who they want to have representing them on the Clayton County Board of Education.

In his letter to the school district, SACS President Mark Elgart said the accrediting agency had concerns over some board members fighting amongst each other and criticizing district officials.

“We have to take a look at the people running for school board seats in November, and make some thoughtful decisions about who will take care of our most precious asset — our children,” said Bell. “That letter is much more about the public, than it is about any individual member of the school board. We must make thoughtful choices in the election.”

Bell’s comments came in reaction to remarks Elgart made Thursday to Clayton News Daily about his letter to the school system. Although Elgart said the letter was a “proactive” effort to get the school board to make improvement, he parents should also demand better behavior from the school board.

Elgart also board members need to face stiffer challenges during elections.

The accrediting agency chief questioned whether some board members have been re-elected because they are “the familiar name on the ballot” or because voters truly feel the board members have been effective.

Bell said the special election, where voters will choose the occupants of five school seats, will be a chance for the public to give Elgart an answer.

“We have five golden opportunities in November to make some thoughtful decisions about the future of our school system,” said Bell.


Lunchman 2 years, 10 months ago

Golden oppurtunities just like what happened in Mr. Bell's bid to hold office agian...While I do agree with some of the comments I have read about how "stupid" voters in Clayton County and easily fooled, I must keep in mind that the ultimate control of any government is in God's hand and most voters do try to do the right thing.


DE 2 years, 10 months ago

Well it's about time that Eldrin Bell realizes that this board must go! But it's also ironic that he comes to this decision only after he has lost his job. However, the problem still will continue until the state comes in and appoints a board. Past elections have proven that the voters of this county are unable to elect qualified candidates from the field. Also Clayton County has shown that there have been no qualified candidates to run for the school board. Let the state take over. I'm getting tired of seeing my property values drop and businesses leaving the area because of the problems with the school system.


mogardener47 2 years, 10 months ago

THANK YOU DE...I couldn't have said it better myself! Anyone who was qualified has left this county years ago!


OscarKnight 2 years, 10 months ago

.......Good Qualified Candidates don't stand any chances in this county. Infighting among school board members is not uncommon in the Tri-County area of the Metropolitan Atlanta.


thevociesforthepeople 2 years, 10 months ago

there are qualified candidates to run for the school board. Clayton county people have come to a points why ? run for somethings when people will Black ball you are tell more lies that not true ,And the votes problem in Clayton county change number .... real people names are missing on the poll just because they will tell the true why? put your heart in somethings when you know they will change it and put there friends that do not care just to keep number in place and keep the monies in hand reach


DE 2 years, 10 months ago

You're NOT my voice!!! Your statement makes no sense at all!! Are you a graduate of the Clayton County School System? Reading your post makes me believe that.


OscarKnight 2 years, 9 months ago

..."thevociesforthepeople"; ......Riddle Me with this puzzle : .........What is a vocie ?


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