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Clarke County Community Discussion on Schools Reopening

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In the middle of heated conversations over school reopening plans, Athens-Clarke County leaders will meet tonight to discuss anticipated challenges in navigating the 20-21 school year. Savannah Sicurella has the report. 

Clarke County School District Board President Dr. LaKeisha Gantt and Mayor Kelly Girtz will discuss the community’s questions over the upcoming school year during a 6 p.m. livestream. CCSD administrators Lawrence Harris and Brannon Gaskins will also participate.

The meeting comes at a time of heated parental and educator discontent over reopening plans in not only Athens-Clarke County, but Barrow and Oconee counties. CCSD delayed the school year’s start date by over a month after the community presented petitions and educator-supported letters opposing the original date. Barrow County followed suit on Monday after its school board voted to delay the start date to August 17. And Oconee is still holding out for its August 5 date, though community members held a 'School Safety First Rally' last week asking for revised reopening plans. 

Viewers can watch the conversation on accgov.com/mayor and the county’s YouTube page, and the leaders are still accepting questions submitted by the community on the mayor’s website.

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