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State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro), shown in this January 2012 file photo, has confirmed he plans to introduce legislation next week to make the Clayton County Board of Education chairman a full-time, county-wide elected position. The change would reduce the number of school board districts from nine, to eight.
JONESBORO Clayton County voters may decide in 2014 whether the Clayton County school board’s chairman should become a county-wide elected position, Clayton News Daily has learned.
State Rep. Mike Glanton said he plans to drop a legislation next week in the House of Representatives’ hopper to call for a non-binding referendum on the matter.
The change would reduce the number of school board districts from nine to eight and there would be a full-time chairman. It is similar to the structure of the Clayton County Commission.
Glanton said he also expects to drop legislation in the hopper next week to repeal two pieces of local legislation passed in 2008 and 2009 to force Clayton County-specific ethics reforms on the school board.
The Georgia General Assembly passed a stronger statewide school board reform bill in 2010 and the Clayton County school board has been trying since 2011 to get the local legislation repealed.
Glanton said the statewide bill made the local legislation unnecessary.
The state representative said he also plans to introduce legislation calling for a referendum on lowering Jonesboro’s Homestead Exemption next week.
Read Wednesday’s edition of Clayton News Daily for additional information and local reaction.