Clarke County Board of Education

Clarke Schools to require masks in most situations

Jul 19, 2021

Clarke County School District administrators say that masks will be required in most situations as the district gears up to return to classes on August 4th. In an update during last week’s Board of Education meeting, the district’s Executive Director of Student Support Services, Jillian Whatley, laid out the conditions under which masks will be required as the new school year gets underway. According to Whatley:

Members of the Clarke County Board of Education tussled over a proposal yesterday that would change the current policy on teacher evaluations. The change is required because of a change in state law.

The Athens-Clarke County government isn't the only governmental body going through budget season. WUGA's Martin Matheny joins Alexia Ridley to talk about the Clarke County School District's FY 2022 budget, which Board members are scheduled to vote on in June.

A proposal in front of the Clarke County Board of Education could make significant changes to public comment at school board meetings. At their meeting tomorrow, Board of Education members are set to vote on a revision to its public comment policy.

The current policy dictates that at regular Board meetings, time should be allotted for “any member of the public to speak.” What the policy in its current form doesn’t say is how long that public comment period should be, which has led to marathon Board meetings with hours of comment from the public on controversial issues.

Historic Athens held a livestream on their Facebook page Wednesday to discuss the history of the West Broad Street school and the implications of the planned demolition of one of its buildings.