BOC sup­ports keep­ing GPC, DeKalb Tech sep­a­rate

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On Sept. 15 the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers passed a res­o­lu­tion of sup­port for keep­ing DeKalb Tech­ni­cal and Ge­or­gia Perime­ter colleges sep­a­rate be­cause they have dis­parate mis­sions.

District 1 Com­mis­sioner Mort Ewing in­tro­duced the res­o­lu­tion on be­half of a group of con­cerned cit­i­zens, who orig­i­nally helped bring GPC to New­ton County in 2006 by rais­ing $2.5 mil­lion to pay for elec­tronic aids and ed­u­ca­tional tools.

The group has re­mained semi-ac­tive over the years, and when talk of the merger came up, they met again and de­ter­mined to bring the is­sue be­fore the BOC, ac­cord­ing to mem­ber Pierce Cline.

“It ap­pears that (now) the dan­ger of sig­nif­i­cant changes in our voca- tional schools and ju­nior col­lege di­vi­sions and the risk of a forced merger is small, but we just feel there is so much at stake, it’s so im­por­tant,” Cline said. “(By pass­ing the res­o­lu­tion) we feel like the BOC is re­flect­ing the views and feel­ings of the peo­ple in New­ton County.”

Cline said the group did its own re­search, in­clud­ing study­ing the ef­fect of sim­i­lar merg­ers in other states, and they were not im­pressed with the re­sults. From what they read the merger nei­ther saved money nor made the stu­dent trans­fer process eas­ier.

In ad­di­tion, the Uni­ver­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia Board of Re­gents re­cently passed rules mak­ing it eas­ier for cred­its to trans­fer back and forth be­tween

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