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October 9, 2013

BOE discusses ways to engage public dialogue



School Board Member Harold Simmons, District 2, would also like for the community to feel welcome in expressing their thoughts and ideas in a more informal structure.

“I think it’s time to have dialogue with community people and organizations. Informal dialogue is needed and I think it’s time that we put ourselves in a position to let the community know that we’re open and we want to hear from them,” Simmons said. “We have the tools and resources to do whatever we need to do to make our kids better and allow the community to grow by communicating and listening to the public. I think it’s a good idea and I think we can make that happen.”

If the school board agrees, revisions will be made to the policies and brought back to the board in the November board meeting. The revised policy will then lay on the table for 30 days for review and voted on during the December regular meeting. 

“I’m hoping that we will move forward with this idea and open up meetings to allow open exchange between board members and the public at large. I think it will be very positive if we allow this to happen,” Chandler said. “People will walk away with a more positive feeling of our school system as a whole.”

To read the school board’s policies in its entirety, visit

In other business during Tuesday’s board meeting, the board:

• recognized Creekside Elementary School third grade student Charley Cruey for winning second place in the state of Georgia in the Jimmy Carter Postcard Art contest;

• recognized the school nutrition program for its high student participation with a certificate from the Georgia Department of Education;

• recognized employees of the transportation department as part of School Bus Safety Month;

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