Box 6, Folder 2, Document 7

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MINUTES
LOCAL EDUCATION COMMISSION
DECEMBER 11, 1964
The Local Education Commission met Friday, December 11, 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
Mr. Otis Jackson
Mr. Wallace Stewart
Mr. Allen Kiepper
Mr. Kenneth Stringer
Jvtr. Earl Landers
Mr. William Teems
Dr. John W. Letson
Mr. Fred J. Turner
Mr. Thomas Miller
Dr. Paul D. West
The minutes of the October 2, 1964, meeting of the Local Education
Commission were read and adcpted.
The report entitled, "ONE DISTRICT FOR ATLANTA AND FULTON COUNTY
SCHOOL SYSTEMS? ;' , which was presented by Dean Pierce at the October 2
meeting was discussed briefly.
Mr. Otis Jackson moved that the
report be accepted and thereby place the Commission on record as
endorsing the position that the two school systems should be combined .
Mr. Turner seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
The question was raised concerning the number of Commission
members required to constitute a quorum .
Mr. Bardin read the following
portion of Section 2 of the House Resolution No . 505-12 46, "A majority
of the persons serving as members of the Commission shall constitute
a quorum to do business but a less numbe r may ad journ from time to
time. " · He then ruled that t en members would constitute a quorum
whether they were all voting members or not.
A letter from Mr . L. H. Newsome stating that he had moved f r om
Atlanta was read .
Dr . Ruf us Clement was unanimous ly elected to
r eplace him.
Mr . Otis J ackson gave a br i e f r eport of the trip made to Char lotteMecklenburg, North Carol ina , School Sys tem on Novembe r 4, 1 964.
Bardin and Dr. Le t s on made t h is tri p a l so.
Mr.
Mr. Jackson r eported that
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all of the people contacted in Charlotte s eemed to be well pleased
wi~':t the new s chool organh:ation and would not exchang·e -it for the
old structure .
Mr. J acks on point ed out that comb ining the North
Carolina systems did not require as many changes in l egal and
financial structures as wilJ. b e required for Atl anta and Fulton
County.
Financi al expenditure s h ave not been decreased thr ough combining
the systems because salari e s and othe r s e rvices have been adjusted
upward.
Although operat:ng t he new system required more money than
was required for the two s yst emG , t he represent at ive s contacted
be lieve that much better s e r vi c es a re now be ing provided and that
in general, the educati ona l o;)por tuni t i e s a re of a higher quality.
The publ'c r e l ations a sp ect of the cons olidation was very important.
Considerable ef f ort was devoted to f orming small discussion groups
and other structures through whi ch c it i zens wer e informed about
combining the systems.
A compl ete wr i t t en r eport of the p r ocess of
combining the two systems is not availabl e .
A t entative budget for the yea r s 1965-66 fo r the sum of $86,480
was submitted to the Comrnission.
It was pointed out that $10,000 of
this amount had been appr opri ated by the At lanta and the Fulton
C01.at y School Sys t ems .
Howeve r, app roxi mat e ly $4 ,000 was spent for
oper ating expens es duri ng 1 964 .
Mr. Turner expressed an opini on that every ef f ort possibl e should
be made by the County and the City to finance t he Commission's study
and that if funds are not avai l abl e loca lly , then financial assistance
should be sought elsewhere.
Mr. Teem moved that t he budget be adopted as presented and that
it be entit l ed a tentative operating budge-:t.
The motion was seconded
by Mr. Stewart and carried unanimous ly.
Places to secure f unds for the budget were ident ified and the
urgency for contacting foundations early in the year was stressed.
Mr. Teem made the motion that the Ford Foundation be approached as
a first step in a~tempting to obtain finances for the operation of
the Commission.
If t he proposal i s not r e ceived favorably by the Ford
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Foundation, then other sources should be contacted.
seconded by Mr. St ewart and passed unanimously.
The motion was
It was agreed that
in the meantime, the respective local governments and agencies
should be notified that the C;orrmi_ .:; .,:i. on m2.y e.sk them for funds to
complete ~he st,~dy.
Mr. Eardin stated that Corrunission funds are now handled by the
Comptroller of the Atlanta School System.
He stated that Mr. Holley
could continue to handle the funds but that Mr. Stringer, as SecretaryTreasurer of the Cornmission,would authorize expenditures and make
financial reports to the Comrnission.
The Commission would approve all
1-:i. rge expenditures but out of pocket funds could be authorized by
Mr. Stringer or, in his absence by the Chairman or Vice-Chairman.
Mr. Thomas Mil l er moved that this procedure be adopted.
Mr. Stewart
seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
Dean Pierce then gave a report on the Interim Report whir.his to
be filed with the Representatives of Fulton and DeKalb Counties and
the Senators of the 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd
and 43rd Districts in the General Assembly of Georgia and with che
Clerks of the superior courts having jurisdiction in Fulton ,md DeKalb
Counties and with the City Clerk of the City of Atlanta on the first
day of the next session of the General Asse:mJ:;ly following January l, 1965.
Mrs. Ritter moved that the report be accept ed.
The motion carr~ed
unanimously.
It was agreed that legal services be delayed until after monies
to fund the budget have been obtained.
The meeting was ad journed at 3:40 p .m.
ECH:dh
December 30, 1964

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