The Cherokee County Board of Education will consider the resolution requesting Georgia voters to vote against a constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot as a result of the passage of House Bill 1162.
“I think there’s a responsibility for us as a board to take a position on that,” said School Board Chairman Mike Chapman.
Both Chapman and Vice Chairwoman Janet Read said they have received many questions and concerns from constituents about the board’s position on the bill and hope to clarify the board’s stance with the resolution.
Chapman added the resolution will be open for discussion by the board members and the document “may need to be wordsmithed.”
The resolution, which is listed as item B-1 in the meeting agenda on the district’s website, notes “the lack of support for public education by those advocating school vouchers, state-approved charter schools, and other programs that allow public school funds to be redirected to private schools and for-profit charter schools” as reasoning to denounce the measure.
“The Cherokee County Board of Education believes that it should remain unconstitutional for the state to take and redirect local school tax dollars for the aforementioned purposes,” the proposed resolution states, noting the constitutional amendment “threatens the integrity of the existing statewide system of providing for and properly funding quality public education.”
Read said it was important for the board to “have an informed discussion so we can go ahead and take action on this.”
“All of us [board members] are voted on by every voter,” Read said. “We owe it to our constituents and to our 38,000 students to take our stance as a board so that people can make informed decisions. They do look to us as to how it affects their students.”
Also on the agenda:
* CrossRoads Middle/High School will be renamed upon approvals as ACE Academy, with the acronym “ACE” representing Alternative Choices in Education. “We believe ACE Academy better reflects the uniqueness of this excellent program, the opportunities provided to CCSD students … and its potential position within the concepts postulated for the Cherokee Academy Initiative,” said Principal Richard J. Londolt Jr. in a letter to Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo.
* The board will consider revisions to the personnel leaves and absences policy, allowing for personal leave to be requested and granted to employees who are duly elected to a public office.
* The board will consider adjusting the status of Polaris Evening School from that of a school to a program. Much like at Crossroads Middle/High School, this would allow for student academic achievement and graduation data to be reported back to the students’ “home” school (the school the student would be attending if not enrolled in the program). If the change is implemented, Polaris would no longer be treated as a school for College and Career Ready Performance Index purposes.
* School calendars for the next three calendar years will be considered.