Box 6, Folder 1, Document 11

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Box 6, Folder 1, Document 11

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September 22, 1966
The Local Education Commission met in the Conference Room of the
Administration Building of the Atlanta Public Schools at 10:00 a.m.,
September 22, 1966, with the following in attendance:
Commission Members
Hr. P. L. Bardin
Hr. J. H. Cawthon
Dr. Rufus E. Clement
Mr. F.d S. Cook, Sr.
Mr. Alan Kiepper
Dr. John W. Letson
Mr. Thomas Hiller
Mrs. Alan Ritter
Mr. l-'!. L. Robinson
Mr. William 11. Teem, III
Hr. Fred J. · Turner
Dr. Paul D. West
Consultants and Staff
Truman Pierce
James Groton
A. C. Latimer
Curtis Henson
Minutes of the April 27, 1966 meeting were unanimously approved.
The EKecutive Committee reconnnended :Ur. Sanders to fill the
unexpired term of Hr. James White. Hr. J. H. Cawthon made the motion that
Mr. Harthame Sanders be appointed to the Commission. The motion was seconded
by Mr. Fred Turner and passed unanimously.
A letter of resignation was read from Dr. James L. Miller, Jr. The
mot ion made by Hr. Tom Miller that the resignation be accepted was seconded
by Mr . W. L. Robinson and passed unanimously.
Dr. Pierce reported on the proposed plan of work entitled "Provisions
for Cr eating an Atlanta-Fulton County School District". He stated that the
section dealing with the legal work had been discussed in some detail with
Mr. James Groton and t hat the steps as out lined seemed to be adequate
at this time .
Following Dr. Pierce ' s presentation, Mr. Robinson made t he motion
that the report be received. I t passed unanimously.
Mr. Robinson stated t hat the met hod of electing school board members
for the new district should be clearly defined. He made the motion that the
report state that board members are t o be elected on a school districtwide basis by the qualified voters in a special, non-partisan election. The
motion was seconded by Dr. Clement and passed unanimously.
Dr. Clement made the motion that the proposed new 3oard of Education
consist of nine members - one member from each of nine subdivisions of
approximately the same population - all elected by the total electorate.
The motion was seconded by Mr. Ed Cook, Sr. and passed unanimously.
Dr. Clement made the motion that the wording in the plan of work be
changed to read, Board Members will be compensated at the rate of $300
�per month with the chairman being paid an additional $50 per month.
motion was seconded by Hr. Robinson and passed unanimously.
It was suggested that the report contain the statement that any seat
on the Board of Education vacated for any reason will be filled by appointment by the Board until the seat can be filled by a regular school board
election which will be held every two years.
How the length of office for the initial Board will be determined was
discussed. Hr. Robinson made the motion that a committee of five members
be appointed to make a reconunendation to the full Conunission on how the
length of term for each Board Member of the initial :9oard will be determined.
I1r. Bardin, Dr. Pierce, and three other members appointed by Mr. Bardin
are to serve on this Conmittee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tom Miller
and passed unanimously.
Mr. Fred Turner made the motion that the plan of action -as amended be
adopted by the Conmri.ssion. The motion was seconded by Hrs. Alan Ritter and
passed unanimously.
Mr. Cawthon made the motion that Dr. Lyle Johzis:, ty .of Florida,
be . employed to ·make the necessary . s.t udy in the area of f inanc·e. 'lhe ·motion
was seconded by Mr. Tom Miller and passed unanimously.
Mr. Tom Miller made the motion that Dr. Willard Elsbree, Emeritus
Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University be employed
to conduct the necessary study in the area of personnel and that if he is
not available, the Executive Corrmittee have the authority to select a
substitute. The motion was seconded by ~fr. Fred Turner and passed unanimously.
In all cases, the rate of remuneration for each person who works for
the Conunission and the tasks to be accomplished will be approved in advance
by the Executive Committee.
It was agreed that a copy of the amended Plan of Action be sent to
each member of t he two school boards.
Mr . Groton and Mr. La.timer outlined ·the work to be accomplished in
the legal area . The Conunission agreed that the l awyers be given the
authority t o st art work as outlined in t he following three areas:
General Power s
Revenue from sources other than Local School Tax
3. Power t o Incr ease Bonded Debt and As sumpt ion of Bonded Debt
The lawyers are t o keep the Conunission informed about pr ogress, costs , and
proposed next steps . The Conmission will sel ect and appr ove each additional .
item to be studied before act i on i s taken by the lawyers.
It was suggested that Dr . Pierce and the lawyers proceed as expeditiously
as possible and that the Conmission meet again in approximately 30 days to
hear progress reports. At the October meeting, plans for an interim report
will be discussed.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:45 p.m.
Approved By: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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Recording Secretary

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