Right now I do not have a dog in this fight, as my kids are not in the government schools of Athens. I do pay school taxes though. In my 13+ years living in this town. my opinion of the local school board has not changed, except in a negative direction. They cannot manage SPLOST money effectively, they are petty, and the try to hide behind a law when firing people when asked why.
Now-fired Cedar Shoals Principal Tommy Craft says he was fired because he refused, under pressure, to promote Board Member Sidney Waters son-in law to assistant principal 3 years ago. Board member Chester Sosebee says it is not so. When push comes to shove, guess who I am going to believe?
(However, if Craft did report this to the superintendent when it happened, he should have done it in writing and be able to produce a copy of the documentation if he is going to make these statements.)
So a wise warning to anyone who aspires to be a principal or administrator in the Athens-Clarke county school system: if he parents like you and your school is improving, you better keep your resume updated and handy. You represent a threat to the school board and you will not be kept around.