BOE continues review of policies

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education is continuing its review of policies.

Officials made no recommended changes to policy series F on facility expansion programs or policy series M on relations with other education agencies. Series M was a first read for the board during its work session Monday.

The board also had its first read of policy series L on concurring inter-organizational relations. The amendments to that policy are grammatical in nature.

The board is expected to vote on policy series K on general public relations. Board member Jessie Goree had questions about the policy’s restrictions on the dissemination of advertising or “distributing literature” on school grounds.

Goree said her concern was that some school-related groups such as parent-teacher organizations would be rendered unable to communicate based on the policy as it is proposed.

Board attorney Clem Doyle said the purpose of the policy is to let the superintendent be the “voice of reason” in deciding what materials are appropriate to disseminate on campus. He said the board needs to draft something that is an over-arching guideline on the propagation of information.

“To me, it’s just censorship and dictatorship,” said Goree. “I have an issue with the definition of what is literature.”

Board member Charlton Bivins suggested creating a list of those with acceptable access to distribute literature.

Officials are expected to look into the possibility for the Sept. 9 meeting. The board plans to take action Monday on policy series F and K.

The meeting is planned for 6 p.m. at the Clayton County Public Schools Administrative Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave. in Jonesboro.