Box 6, Folder 2, Document 16

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Box 6, Folder 2, Document 16

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December 21, 1965
The Local Education Study Corrnnission met in the 3oard Room of the
Fulton County Administration Building at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December
21, 1965, with the following in attendance:
Mr. Kenneth Stringer
Dr. James L. Miller
Dr. John Letson
Mr. Tom },filler
Mrs. Alan Ritter
Dr. Rufus Clement
Mr. Earl Landers
Dr. Paul \'lest
Mr. P. L. Bardin
Mr. Alan Kiepper, {Proxy)
Hr. Bardin called the meeting to order and asked for approval of the
minutes of the August 23, 1965, meeting. The minutes were unanimously
He then gave a brief review of the work of the Commission since the
last regular meeting and pointed out that a meeting was held with members
of the Atlanta and Fulton County Boards of Education on September 21, 1965,
and with the Representatives and Senators from Fulton and DeKalb Counties
on September 27, 1965. The Legislative Delegation later developed a resolution outlining additional information which should be included in the
report of the Corrnnission.
Dr. Pierce then presented the addition to the report.
Comments and suggestions offered during the presentation included
the following:
Assessed evaluation of property in Atlanta is approximately 70%
of the 1956 reappraisal which in reality is about 30% of the
current market value for the city and 20% for the county.
Judge Wood's decision does not include independent school districts.
Homestead exemptions will not be affected.
The cost for putting Fulton County teachers on the same salary
schedule as the Atlanta teachers should be included in the report.
"New board members will be elected as vacancies occur" should be
changed to "new board members will be elected as terms expire".
The report should show that Fulton County's bonding capacity is
10% of the digest and Atlanta's bondi ng capacity is 4% of the
�Since board members in Atlanta have been elec t ed for four-year
terms beginning January 1, 1966, would any legal difficulty be
encountered by calling for a new election of board members in 1968?
If so, could this be resolved by having current members of both
boards compose the new board until terms expire and then elect
only seven new members t o the new board?
Wealth behind each child in Fulton County and Atlanta may change
if portions of the county are annexed into the city.
It should be stated that support to schools as stated in the report
is predicated upon no changes in present tax structure.
The report should include a s t atement ef ~how .the seven .district--s
from which the board members will be elected are to be determined
and how they will be readjusted as population changes . Since we now
have seven senatorial districts it might be desirable to use them
as the starting basis for the seven districts from which school board
members will be elected. These districts will be amended as
necessary so that areas within the city but which lie in DeKalb
County will be included and so that other portions· of DeKalb County
will be excluded.
Fiscal independence for the school board should refer only to the
property tax and not include the ability to set sales tax rate and
other similar truces.
The combined budget f or both school systems should be pr ojected.
The Commi ssion accepted the repor t as presented with t he sugges ted
change s present ed above . The lawyer s were i nstructed to draw up t he
necessary pr oposed constituti onal amenclment for combining t he two sys tems .
A copy of the amendment is t o be sent t o each member of the Conuni ssion
for study before the next meeting of the Connnission. Copies s ent t o
Commis sion Member s are t o be clearly marked Rough Draf t and Confidential.
The Commission will meet again t o revi ew the proposed cons titutional
amendment a s s oon a s poss i ble .
The meeting was ad j ourned at 3:55 P,M.

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