Res­i­dent scolds school board

The Covington News - - Local News - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A dis­grun­tled res­i­dent from New­ton County School Sys­tem’s Dis­trict 1 scolded board mem­bers Tues­day night for a va­ri­ety of things, in­clud­ing not en­forc­ing their own rules for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and for pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion that asked vot­ers to vote no for the char­ter school amend­ment.

Lo­gan Bis­tok first rep­ri­manded Chair­man Eddie John­son for al­low­ing Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Hunter Hall to go over the five minute al­lot­ted time for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion at the meet­ing last week when Hall ad­dressed Meadors and asked the Dis­trict 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive to stop writ­ing opin­ion col­umns for the New­ton Ci­ti­zen. Bis­tok told John­son that as chair­man of the board, it was his job to make sure par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures were fol­lowed. He then said he felt Hall “per­son­ally at­tacked” Meadors and was al­lowed more time to do so.

Bis­tok said that Meadors’ col­umn “tells a lot of truths,” and that it could be use­ful for the other board mem­bers to work to­ward “rais­ing the bar” and they should take it as a chal­lenge.

He also took um­brage to com­ments made by Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews, who said com­par­ing a sys­tem the size of New­ton’s to neigh­bor­ing Wal­ton, Mon­roe and Butts coun­ties was like com­par­ing “ap­ples to or­anges.”

“If we don’t com­pare to Wal­ton who do we com­pare to?” asked Bis­tok. “APS? Cobb County? And this board takes up a res­o­lu­tion to tell me, as a ci­ti­zen, how I’m sup­posed to vote on a Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment on a Char­ter School? Why Char­ter Schools have be­come so pop­u­lar is be­cause school boards can’t make de­ci­sions.

“Ev­ery­body up here is a politi­cian…you gotta have tough skin. Some peo­ple aren’t go­ing to like what ideas you have, but or­der­ing peo­ple around and telling them what way to vote on things? That’s Com­mu­nism, that’s Nazism.”

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