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Fulton County Commissioners urge BOE to reconsider HQ move

Commissioner Edwards sponsors measure to stop administration move to Sandy Springs

November 12, 2013
ATLANTA The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved Nov. 6 a measure proposed by District 7 Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards urging the Fulton County Board of Education to reconsider its decision to move its administrative headquarters to Sandy Springs.

The Fulton County Board of Education recently announced its decision to relocate its administrative headquarters from Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta to Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.

The resolution states that the "Fulton County Board of Education made this decision without soliciting input from the communities and families that are served by, and will be directly affected by, this administrative reorganization."

Prior to the decision, half of the Board of Education meetings, including public input opportunities, were held in North Fulton and half were held in South Fulton.

With the move, no meetings will be held in South Fulton. Instead, all meetings will be in Sandy Springs. The majority of instructional staff will also be relocated to Sandy Springs.

Commissioners also expressed concern about the disposition of vacant school buildings, which can pose a challenge for economic development.

"This issue is about holding the school system accountable to its own values and beliefs, which include promoting parent and community involvement, transparency and honesty," said Edwards. "I have heard from hundreds of my constituents who share my concern about this issue and want the Board of Education to reconsider this decision."

The Board of Commissioners approved the resolution with a vote of 5-0. North Fulton Commissioners Liz Hausmann and Tom Lowe were not present for the vote.

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