Board approves policy change, calls meeting on SPLOST

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education will move forward in contracting with architectural design firms at a cost of about $10 million.

The measure passed 8-1, with Jessie Goree opposing.

She spoke during the board’s work session about wanting to ensure minority vendors are getting an equal opportunity to participate in the process and potential design projects for the district.

“It bothers me that I continue to see the same names,” said Goree. “I just see the same names every time.”

The board also approved 7-2 amendments to its K series policy on general public relations. Goree and Michael King voted down the change.

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.

The board plans to call a meeting Monday for the purpose of approving a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax resolution to continue the 1-cent sales tax for education in Clayton County. Residents will vote on a referendum Nov. 5 to continue the SPLOST.

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