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CCTOBER 2, 1964

The Local Education Commission met Friday, October 2, 1964, at
2:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Fulton County Administration Building
with the following members present:

Mr. P. L. Bardin Mrs. Alan Ritter
Dr. R. H. Brisbane Mr. Wallace H. Stewart
Mr. Otis M. Jackson Mr. William M. Teem

Mr. Alan Kiepper, Ex Cfficio Mr. Fred J. Turner
Dr. John '. Letson, Ex Officio Dr. Paul D. West, Ex Officio
Mr. Thomas M. Miller Mr. James White, Jr.

Minutes of the July 31 meeting of the Steering Committee were read
and approved.

Minutes of the July 31 Local Education Commission meeting were
read and approved.

Minutes of the September 10 meeting of the Special Committee for
Legal Services were read and discussed. During this discussion, it was
pointed out that the Commission has an unemcumbered balance of between
$6,000 and $7,000.

Concensus seems to be that a contractual agreement should be
drawn between the lawyers and the Commission. This agreement should
set forth the duties, expectations and obligations of each party involved.
Also, a copy of the minutes of the September 10 meeting of the Special
Committee should be sent to each lawyer.

The point was made that the only financial commitment to the
lawyers is that the Commission will pay them on an hourly rate for
services rendered. The total cost of their services will depend upon
the number of hours they devote to the work of the Commission. There
are no minimum fees, retainer fees or other such fees involved in this



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Dr. Pierce was asked to identify services other than legal which
are needed. He stated that the legal and educational aspects of the
study are so entwined it is hard to say exactly what can be classified
specifically as one or the other. However, it seems appropriate that
the Commission should design the desired new school system first and
then have the legal counsel describe the legal steps required to create
the system. The degree to which legal and educational aspects are
interwoven were pointed out by citing the retirement plan for the
new system or the amortization of the existing bonded indebtness of
the two systems. Again it was pointed out that the final report of the
Commission must be a package plan which includes the totality of
dissolving two systems and creating a new one.

Mr. Kiepper asked if it would be desirable or necessary to secure
the service of a management consultant firm to help with the organizational

structure of the new system. He pointed out that some systems have used

such Sérvices. The reply was that there are many kinds of services
needed and that this may be ohe. Nashville-Davidson County used the

service of a thahagement consultant firm when they combined the two school

Mr. Turner then made the motion that the Commissioh approve the
action of the Special Committee concerning the selection of tHe two lawyers
on an hourly basis; however, the hourly rate must be approved by the
Commission before services are requested. Mr. White seconded the motion
which was approved unanimously.

Dr. West stated that various news reporters are being advised of the
meetings of the Commission, but that apparently their schedules are
preventing them from covering the Commission meetings.

Dr. Pierce reviewed the brief he had developed as a result of the
charge received at the last regular Commission meeting. However, before
giving a detailed analysis of the brief, Dr. Pierce stated that if the
report is accepted, the question of whether merger is desirable will be
settled. Attention then can be focused upon describing the kind of


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new school system needed. He also stated that the brief in its present
form should be treated as a tentative and confidential document. Each
point in the brief was then reviewed and explained in considerable
detail by Dr. Pierce.

Official action by the Commission concerning the brief will be
taken at a later meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at.4:00 p.m.

October 5, 1964
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