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State Board Decisions

The State Board of Education decides appeals of decisions rendered by local boards of education in matters of school law pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-1160. The appeals primarily involve matters relating to student discipline and the discipline and termination of certificated personnel, although any matter of school law can be appealed. The State Board has been issuing written decisions in these appeals since the 1970's. Eventually all written decisions of the State Board will be posted on the web in a searchable format.

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1975-18 Jamey Davis vs. Burke County Board of Education
Jamey Davis, a tenth grade pupil, was expelled from the Burke County School System by the Burke County Board of Education after a hearing. He appealed the decision to this Board. This Board heard the appeal at its regular meeting on March 11, 1976. ...
1975-17 Honeycutt vs. Muscogee County Board of Education
This is a pupil assignment case which arises from good faith and commendable efforts of the Muscogee County Board of Education to comply with a Desegregation Plan approved by the Federal Court for the desegregation of schools in Muscogee County, Georgia. ...
1975-16 Andrea Steinacker vs. Social Circle City School System
After several weeks of teaching in her first year in the Social Circle School System, Mrs. Andrea Steinacker was notified by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Clinton J. Taylor, that he was suspending her from her teaching position pending a hearing, the suspension being brought upon charges by him of willful neglect of duty and insubordination. As scheduled, on October 30, 1975, the hearing took place and Mrs. Steinacker was present but she was not represented by an attorney, nor was the attorney for the Board of Education present at the hearing. Following the hearing, the Board voted (one dissenting and one abstaining) to make permanent the suspension and thereupon Mrs. Steinacker filed her Notice of Appeal to the State Board of Education. For the appeal, both Mrs. Steinacker and the Board of Education were represented by legal counsel. ...
1975-15 Marvin H. Peavy vs. Pulaski County Board of Education
Marvin H. Peavy, the Appellant, had been employed by the Pulaski County Board of Education for five years, and from 1973 to 1975 was principal of Boseman Junior High School. Prior to April 15, 1975, the Appellant was notified by Warren Alexander, Superintendent of Schools, that he was not going to recommend to the Board of Education that it renew the Appellant's contract for the 1975-76 school year. Subsequently, the Appellant entered his demand for a written list of charges and a hearing whereupon the Superintendent requested the State of Georgia Professional Practices Commission to appoint a tribunal to hear this case. This was done on September 5, 1975, at the Pulaski County Courthouse. The Appellant was present at the hearing conducted by the tribunal and was represented by counsel. The charges against Peavy by the Superintendent of Schools included insubordination, willful neglect of duties, nonperformance of duties and inefficiency. At the conclusion of the hearing, the tribunal found that eight out of twelve grounds were supported by the evidence and that the Board of Education's decision not to renew the Appellant's contract should be affirmed. Thereafter, the Board of Education of Pulaski County reaffirmed its decision not to renew Mr. Peavy's contract and he then appealed to the State Board of Education. ...
1975-14 Ethel Fuller vs. Crisp County Board of Education
Mrs. Ethel Fuller, a teacher in the Crisp County School System for many years, was notified in writing on March 23, 1975, that her contract for the 1975/76 school year would not be renewed. For the next several months, there were legal proceedings in the Superior Court of Crisp County as result of a suit filed by the Appellant regarding dates of the hearing to be afforded Mrs. Fuller. Those Court proceedings, however, are not material to this decision and Mrs. Fuller's hearing was on August 26, 1975, brought upon the charges of incompetency; failure to comply with reasonable orders, requests and directions of the Superintendent or other superior official; failure to maintain orderly discipline of her students; and use of corporal punishment in violation of school board policy. ...
1975-13 Elizabeth W. Washington vs. City of Savannah Board of Education
This appeal came before the State Board of Education from the Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and County of Chatham from a decision by that board not to renew a teaching contract of Elizabeth W. Washington for the 1975-1976 school year. Miss Washington, a “tenure” teacher under the Fair Dismissal Act, appealed to the Employee Board of Appeals. This Board of Appeals after hearing the evidence found in favor of Miss Washington and reversed the decision not to renew Miss Washington's contract of employment. That decision was appealed to the full Board of Education which reversed the Employee Board of Appeals and ruled against Miss Washington. Miss Washington then appeals to the State Board of Education. ...
1975-12 Joe Shoffeitt vs. Lumpkin County Board of Education
Joe Shoffeitt, a school bus driver under contract with the Lumpkin County Board of Education, drove a school bus for the County for the 1973-74 school year. On May 27, 1975, he signed a new contract as a bus driver but on May 30, 1975, only three days after signing the contract, the Lumpkin County Board of Education acting through the Superintendent of Schools, wrote Shoffeitt a letter purporting to relieve him of his duties and responsibilities as a bus driver and placed him under suspension until the Board could meet at which time the Superintendent would recommend his dismissal. ...
1975-11 Jean Coolik vs. Muscogee County Board of Education
A hearing was afforded Mrs. Coolik on June 17 and 18, 1975, and from a decision adverse to Mrs. Coolik, she appealed to the State Board of Education on two basic issues: (1) Was the Muscogee County Board of Education qualified to hear this case on June 17, 1975, after it had met on April 9, 1975, and decided not to renew the appellant's contract? (2) Was the evidence sufficient to support the decision of the local board? ...
1975-10 Annie Dean Samples vs. Dawson County Board of Education
This matter came before the State Board of Education on appeal by Mrs. Annie Dean Samples from a decision of the Dawson County Board of Education not to renew Mrs. Samples' teaching contract for the 1975-1976 school year. Written notice was given Mrs. Samples of the Board's intention not to renew the contract and a hearing afforded under the Fair Dismissal Act. (1975 Ga. Laws, pg. 360; Ga. Code Ann., Sec. 32-607.1) ...
1975-08 May Kay Hudson vs. Bibb County Board of Education
From the undisputed facts, May Kay Hudson, the appellant, received notice from the Bibb County Board of Education on April 11, 1975, that it had decided not to renew her teaching contract for the 1975-1976 school year. On May 16, 1975, Ms. Hudson requested a hearing before the local board questioning the merits of the allegations of the local board regarding non-renewal of her contract. The request for a hearing was denied by the local board of education on the basis that she had not requested a hearing on or before May 1, 1975, as the law requires. ...
1975-05 Zachery Cook and Rosa Everette vs. Crisp County Board of Education
On Friday, January 10, 1975, Appellant Rosa Everette was telephoned by Mr. W. R. Sampson, Principal of the Crisp County High School, and told that her son, Zachery Cook, was being sent home because of his involvement .in a fight with one Ray Darley, Jr., on the grounds of the Crisp County Junior High School. On Monday, January 13, 1975, Zachery Cook via Rosa Everette, was officially notified that he had been suspended from the Crisp County High School for being in violation of School Board Policy 3.18 -- Dangerous Weapons. ...
1975-03 Tricia N. Parker vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
Mrs. Tricia N. Parker, mother of David Parker, filed an appeal to the State Board of Education contending that the Gwinnett County Board of Education abused its discretion in refusing to hear the question and in refusing to admit David Parker to the Gwinnett County School System. The appellant contended that even though David would not be six until January 16, 1975, his psychological evaluation and tests showed that he was superior in intelligence and his social, physical and psychomotor development was adequate for such placement. The Gwinnett County Board of Education has a rule that no child shall be admitted to the first grade who is not six on or before December 31st. The record shows that the appellant appeared before the Gwinnett County Board of Education on November 12, 1974, requesting special consideration be given David and her request for early admission. The Gwinnett County Board of Education denied Mrs. Parker's request and on January 14, 1975, refused reconsideration. ...
1975-01 Robia Gailey vs. Habersham County Board of Education
Mrs. Robia Gailey, formerly employed by the Habersham County Board of Education as Lunchroom Supervisor at Baldwin Schools, filed a claim with the Habersham County Board of Education for loss of retirement benefits. The record shows that her application for these benefits was mailed on or about March 26, 1974, to the office of Superintendent of Habersham County Schools and that the Superintendent's office acknowledged acceptance of the application. However, either he or his employees, through oversight, failed to forward the application to the Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia. ...