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Bartow BOE To Eye Public Participation Changes

Davis Nelson retained his chairmanship during the school board's first meeting of 2013. Newcomer Fred Kittle was voted vice chair.

The Bartow County Board of Education is considering policy changes that would make it easier for parents and constituents to address the school board at public meetings, The Daily Tribune News reports.

Last night, newcomer Fred Kittle, who beat out Wanda Cagle Gray for the Post 4 seat, asked for further discussion following Superintendent John Harper's recommendation for more flexibility in the policy, according to videos of the meeting published by BartowPolitics.com.

Currently, parents and constituents who wish to speak during a 6 p.m. work session are required to sign up at the Central Office by 5:15 p.m.

Parent Paige Martin, who addressed the board last night, asked what parents can do to help keep local schools safe, according to BartowPolitics.com and the Tribune. Superintendent John Harper's suggestion: Volunteer in your child's school and be an extra set of eyes watching over the safety of our children.

The board also selected its chairman and vice chairman. Davis Nelson retained his chairmanship by a vote of 3 to 1, with Kittle opposing. Kittle was elected vice chairman.

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Matt Shultz January 15, 2013 at 03:07 PM
It would be a mistake to take any action that would further limit public input. Even the perception of something like this just adds to the view that the system is operating inconsistent with public expectations.
Larry January 15, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This should be interesting. The opposition to the chairman was elected vice chairman. Let the fireworks begin!

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