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JULY 31, 1964 The Local Education Commission met at 2:00 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Fulton County Board of Education for the primary purpose of reviewing the proposed plan of study developed by Dr. Trwnan Pierce. Members present were: P. L. Bardin, Chainnan Otis M. Jackson Dr. James L. Miller, Jr. Mrs. Alan Ritter W. Kenneth Stringer

Fred J. Turner James White, Jr. Alan Kiepper, Ex Officio Dr. John Letson, Ex Officio Dr. Paul West, Ex Officio

The minutes of the June 19 meeting were approved.

.The minute s of the

July 2 meeting of the Steering Committee were read and approved as amended. Prior to making a detailed presentation of the proposed study plan, Dr. Pierce stated that the plan had been developed with the assistance of Superintendents Letson and West and Dr. Martin and Dr. Henson. He also stated that the proposed study outline was intended to ref l ect an understanding and awareness of past studies, current conditions and projected developments of the metropolitan area . (A copy of the plan was distributed to Commission members present and mailed to members absent) . I t was emphasized that the pr oposed plan is intended as a starting point and that changes may be made at any t ime as the study progresses. Mr. White stated that the question before the Commission is : Should t he two ~chools be combi ned? This question needs to be answered as soon as possible ·and members of the Commission should be in a position to answer quest ions and points favorable and/or unfavorable to c:cmbining the· schools so that they can infonn the public and receive reactions. It was pointed out t hat although the last Local Education Commission did not specifically recommend consolidation at the time, it did outline a ten


Local Education Commission, continued July 31, 1964 year improvement program designed to bring the Atlanta and Fulton County Schools" closer together and leading ultimately to a single school district. cooperative and uniformed programs have been realized.

Many of these

Based on these studies

and othe~ information the Commission should now assume that it will proceed upon the premise that combining the nvo systems is desirable. There was agreement that the next step is to prepare a brief which states: (a) findings, conclusions and reconmi.endations of previous studies, (b) advantages and disadvantages of consolidation and (c) data to prove or support the position to consolidate or not to consolidate.

This brief will serve as common information

to all Commission members and as a review of previous studies. develop the brief and include Items I and


Dr. Pierce will

of the proposed plan of study in it.

He will present the first draft of this brief to the Commission in September. The motion was made that since all previous studies have pointed toward the desirability of combining the two school ~stems, the present Commission accepts the tentative position that combining the two school systems will be recommended and that attention be focused upon implementing the steps outlined in the proposed plan of study presented by Dr. Pierce, ~owever, the Commission has the right to change this decision at any point during the study.

The motion

was unanimously approved. It was pointed out that the laws should be examined and provisions made so that the two systems could combine without loss of revenue, services, benefits, etc., for either system and/or for the employees. Mr. Turner made the motion that within the limits of finances available at the present time or in the future, the officers of the Commission be authorized to employ legal counsel and other needed services.

The motion

wa s seconded by Mr. White and c arried unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.



ECH/dh August 4, 1964 Approved by: _____________ Chairman



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Recording Secretary



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