Commissioner opposes charter school amendment
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 04, 2012 | 2367 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown has announced his opposition to Constitutional Amendment 1, which calls for the establishment of state run charter schools. His opposition came in the form of a resolution signed during a meeting Wednesday morning that called for the support of quality public education in the form of the Bartow County and Cartersville school districts.

“Whereas the Bartow County Commissioner opposes the state establishment of a separate system of state authorized public charter schools that are funded through a funding formula that laterally takes critical needs funds from local public schools and redirects them to state controlled charter schools.

“Therefore, be it resolved that the Bartow County Commissioner opposes Constitutional Amendment 1 related to the state approved charter schools, which will be on the Nov. 6, 2012, general election ballot,” Brown said as he read from the resolution.

Brown said the Bartow County Board of Education had approached him and asked for his support in fighting the amendment, which would allow the state to establish charter schools after a community request.

“The board of education asked me [if] I would join in with them, and when I investigated what was going on I was glad to join in with them. I’m proud to stand by their side,” he said.

The commissioner also approved an amendment to the Bartow County employee benefit plan. The amendment clarifies which benefit plan a county employee is eligible for if they were hired after Jan. 1, 2011.

County Administrator Steve Bradley said the clarification was necessary after an employee who had previously worked for the county returned to public service after leaving for a few years. Before the clarification, the employee was entitled to an older benefits plan rather than the current plan that requires employees to have 30 years of service or be 60-years-old before retiring.

Other county commissioner business included: 

• Approving a change in management application for Woodland Grill at Barnsley Gardens.

• Approving a new ownership application for Cass Grocery.

• Approving a rezoning application on Kelly Clark Court.

• Approving a rezoning application, with restrictions, on King’s Camp Road.

The county commissioner’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center.