Clarke County Board of Education

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.

Our "Black in Athens" special episode begins with a discussion of Black political power with Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker and Clarke County Board of Education member Linda Davis.


The Clarke County Board of Education approved a $164 million-dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The budget includes salary increases for custodial staff, pre-K teachers and paraprofessionals and does not include employee furlough or calendar reduction days. The district has cut spending in transportation and school administration, but it added a telehealth nurse and a part-time school psychologist to its expenditures.

Last week, a group of reporters broke the news that newly-appointed Board of Education member Antwon Stephens did not graduate from Cedar Shoals High School, as he implied. That story wasn’t broken by WUGA, The Athens Banner-Herald, or Flagpole Magazine. Those reporters were all student journalists at Cedar Shoals High School. Student journalists Jackie Wright and Stephanie Gaona-Perez join Alexia Ridley to talk about breaking the story.