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Montgomery BOE Makes a Promise
Thursday, 16 September 2010

September 16--  The last time the Montgomery County school board tried to pass a one percent sales tax for education it got blown out of the water by voters because it would have used some of the money to help build a new midde and high school.

On November 2, the school board is trying again but this time it has passed a proclamatioin assuring voters that none of the sales tax money will be used for new school construction.  The school board took the action at its September meeting Monday night.

At the same time, it okayed a resolution notifying the Georgia Department of Education that the school system will not use $5.2 million in state funds which had been approved by the state to help Montgomery County build a new school.

School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten says the system can apply for the funds in the future when the economic climate improves.  When that happens, the school board hopes voters will have a change of heart and pass a bond referendum for construction. 

On another issue, the school board approved a resolution supporting education groups who are challenging a state law which allows local school taxes to be used to support charter schools which are not governed by local school boards.  The Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association are filing a motion with the Georgia Supreme Court opposing creation of the Georgia Charter School Commission.

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