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Adamson response to questions on BOE candidacy

JONESBORO — School board candidates were asked via email last week to answer questions regarding their candidacies for four seats. Four of them responded, two did not.

Although late, board Chairwoman Dr. Pam Adamson submitted her response to questions about alternative education programs and school funding.

Dr. Pam Adamson, 67, is a retired educator. She has lived in Clayton County for 45 years and in District 1 for 12 years.

“I have the education and experience to help Clayton County Schools regain the level of excellence that we have been known for in the past,” said Adamson. “Much progress has been made in Clayton County Schools during the past five years, including hiring an effective interim superintendent, adopting a strategic plan to guide the work of the district, stabilizing expenditures during financial challenges and regaining accreditation.”

She said she supports all of the county’s alternative education endeavors, including charter schools, magnet schools and online programs.

“In order to gain my support for non-traditional educational efforts,” she said, “a charter school, magnet school or online program must offer an educational experience that is not offered in our district, must be non-discriminatory in admission requirements, must provide services for special needs students who qualify for admission, must clearly articulate its mission or program and must provide proof of sound fiscal responsibility.”

Adamson said her priorities for spending include reversing the expenditure cuts caused by the recent recession by reinstating the five furlough days for 185-day employees, 20 furlough days for 220-day employees and the local salary supplement. She said she wants to continue SPLOST funding for construction on new and existing facilities while providing resources such as technology in the classroom.

“In order to operate effectively, schools need funding from all sources,” said Adamson. “However, operational constraints and regulations are often tied to funds allocated by the state and federal governments. Because of the diversity of school districts throughout Georgia, some of these regulations are not appropriate for the needs of the district.

“In a perfect world, school districts would receive balanced funding from local, state and federal sources with no regulations attached,” she continued. “I firmly believe that decisions regarding the education of Clayton County students should be made at the local level.”