Box 6, Folder 1, Document 1

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ten County, Georgia




January 28, 1969

The Local Education Commission met at the Instructional Services Center
at 11:30 a.m. on January 28, 1969 with the following in attendance:

Voting Members
Mr. Walter Allen

Mr. J. H. Cawthon

Mr. Wait Davis

Mr. Dick Lane

Mr. Devereaux McClatchey
Mr. A. B. Padgett

Mr. Marthame Sanders

Mr. Wallace Stewart, Chairman
Mr. Kenneth Stringer

Mr. William Teems, IIT
Mr. H. B. Watson

Dr. Asa Yancey

Ex-Officio Members
Miss Eleanor Burgess

Dr. John Letson

Mrs. Helen McGinty
Mrs. Lucille Perrino
Mrs. Anna Pearl Scott

Mr. Dave Clark
Mr. John Ferguson
Mr. John Grindle
Mrs. Dorothy Guy
Mr. Nick Powers
Mr. Jerry Wootan

Curtis Henson

Mr. Wallace Stewart stated that there were two primary purposes for the
meeting: one, to receive the various reports and two, to decide what to do with


Before receiving the report from Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. A. B,. Padgett re-
viewed the authorization granted by the commission to his committee to secure
professional assistance in studying the legal structure required to merge the
two school systems. He then introduced Mr. Ferguson who gave the report. Com-
ments and questions concerning the report follow.

A question for further consideration was that maybe the Board should be

composed of enough members at large to match those elected from the respective
districts plus one additional member at large so that there would be an oad
number. This would give both the representation from the people plus other
features desirable for a schcol. board.

The statement in Section 12 concerning annuai vs. continuing contracts needs
to be clarified.

In Section 14 dealing with purchases over $1,000. should be stated so that
it would not be cumberson or burdensom upon the board chairman who, as it is now
stated, would have to sign thousands of purchase requests.

Concerning land and other trust funds, an expression was made that it should
be determined if complications or difficulty would arise if an attempt were made
to transfer the title of such property to another school system such as the new
one being proposed.

Secticn 20 should be changed to state that the county could not levy taxes
on property inside the city limits for school bond purposes,

The trustees for the pension board for the City of Atlanta teachers cannot
be abolished since the pension fumd covers all city employees including teachers.

It was stated that November, 1970 would be the earliest date to vote ona

_ constitutional amendment, therefore, there did not seem to be any undue haste in

presenting recommendations to the local delegation.

The question was asked, what does the Local Educatien Commission do now with
all the material and data gathered and compiled to date?

Mr. Dick Lane made the motion that the Local Education Commission, through
the executive committee, forward a copy of all materials from the Local Education
Commission to the chairman of the Fulton County and DeKalb County delegations for
study and appraisal. The motion was seconded by Mr. Walt Davis and passed unani-
mously. A cover letter from the chairman of the commission is to accompany the
report presented.

Mr. Powers then gave his report concerning teacher benefits. He gave an
analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each aspect of teacher benefit pro-
grams in both the Atlanta and Fulton County school systems along with suggestions
to improve coverage in each system.

Both Mr. Powers and Mr. Ferguson are to make corrections identified during
the meeting and send corrected copy to the chairman of the commission.

Meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

A, Peas tee

Chairman Recording Secretary

Approved By:


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