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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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1977-S-1 A.M.H. vs. Wayne County Board of Education
This is an appeal from a decision of the Wayne County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board"), to place Appellant (a minor) in a trainable mentally retarded program. The appeal was made pursuant to the Amended Annual Program Plan1 of the Georgia Department of Education and the Local Board was acting as the Local Hearing Review Board provided for in the Plan. ...
1977-18 Don Mosley et al., vs. Sumter County Board of Education
This is an appeal from a decision made after an October 27, 1977 hearing by the Sumter County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") to reconfirm their decision of September 14, 1977, to enter into a written agreement with an architect for the preparation of plans and other architectural services in connection with the construction of an additional classroom building at one of the two high schools operated by the Local Board. Don Mosley and twenty-six others (hereinafter "Appellants") had filed a motion asking the Local Board to reconsider its decision and requesting a hearing on the decision to enter into the agreement, but their primary contention was that the classroom addition should not be constructed. The Local Board determined, before the hearing, that the motion for reconsideration was not filed on time for any issue but the question of hiring the architect. ...
1977-17 Graham Wright, Jr., A. Hardin, A. Lee Vaughn, and Harris H. Carter vs. Monroe County Board of Education
The Monroe County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") held a hearing under the provisions of Ga. Code § 32-910 on October 18-19, 1977 and decided to build a new comprehensive high school on a tract of land fronting on Montpelier Avenue ("the Montpelier Property"). Graham Wright, Jr., N. A. Hardin, A. Lee Vaughn, and Harris H. Carter (hereinafter "Appellants") had, as private citizens and taxpayers, requested the hearing because they were opposed to the comprehensive high school being built on the Montpelier Property. Their primary complaint was that the Montpelier Property location would result in excessive traffic on Montpelier Avenue in Forsyth, Georgia. The Appellants filed a notice of appeal to the State Board of Education on November 23, 1977 and cited nine grounds for review of the decision of the Local Board. ...
1977-16 Robert P. Evens vs. Jefferson City Board of Education
The Jefferson City Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as "Local Board", held a hearing on July 11, 1977 and after the hearing voted not to renew the contract of Robert P. Evans, hereinafter "Appellant", as an industrial arts teacher. The reason given for the nonrenewal was because of a reduction in staff due to loss of students and cancellation of programs. The appeal asserts that the decision of the Local Board cannot stand because it was arrived at in a closed meeting after Appellant requested that the hearing be open to the public. Additionally, the appeal asserts that the evidence presented did not establish a loss of students and cancellation of programs and was therefore insufficient to uphold the nonrenewal. ...
1977-15 Jack Raines vs. Habersham County Board of Education
The teacher in this action was demoted because of the elimination of the position of county-wide music coordinator. The appeal raises two issues: (1) was the teacher given procedural due process, and (2) could the teacher be demoted under the provisions of the Fair Dismissal Act of Georgia because the position of county-wide music coordinator was abolished? The Hearing Officer is of the opinion that the teacher was given procedural due process and could be demoted under the provisions of the Fair Dismissal Act of Georgia. ...
1977-14 Lena Beard vs. Laurens County Board of Education
This is the second appearance of this appeal before the State Board of Education. When the appeal was initially submitted, the Laurens County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") did not submit the findings of fact, conclusions, and recommendations of the Professional Practices Commission. In an order dated December 8, 1977, the State Board of Education directed the Local Board to submit the findings of fact, conclusions, and recommendations of the Professional Practices Commission within thirty days or stand reversed. The Local Board has established that the Professional Practices Commission report was timely mailed and received by the State Board of Education. ...
1977-13 Decision Re. Wilkes County NAACP Youth Council vs.
On July 11, 1977, the Wilkes County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") held an inquiry and heard testimony to determine whether a hearing should be held for the purpose of terminating the contract of a teacher within the system. The inquiry or probable cause hearing was held at the urging of the Wilkes County N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council (the "Council"). The Council charged that the teacher engaged in conduct which adversely reflected on his ability as a teacher. As a result of the probable cause hearing, the Local Board determined that there was insufficient evidence to hold a hearing to terminate the teacher. The Council appealed the Local Board's decision to not hold a hearing and the Local Board has moved to dismiss the appeal without the necessity of furnishing a transcript on the grounds that the Council was not a party to the probable cause hearing and that no action was taken adverse to the Council which would afford a basis for an appeal to the State Board of Education. ...
1977-12 George R. Hunter vs. Effingham County Board of Education
On June 22, 1977, the Effingham County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") voted not to renew the contract of George R. Hunter (hereinafter "Appellant") for the 1977-78 school year on the grounds of incompetency, willful neglect of duties, and insubordination. Appellant had served as assistant principal in the Effingham County High School for the immediately preceding seven years and had been employed by the Local Board for approximately fifteen years. ...
1977-11 Reverend Ebenezer Woods vs. Atlanta Board of Education
The teaching contract of Reverend Ebenezer Woods (hereinafter "Appellant") was not renewed for the 1977-78 school year by the Atlanta Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") after a hearing tribunal determined that there was evidence of incompetency, willful neglect of duties and other good and sufficient causes. Appellant appealed to the State Board of Education on the grounds that the evidence was insufficient to support the charges and the hearing tribunal was improperly constituted. ...
1977-08 Vincent J. Calhoun vs. DeKalb County Board of Education
On March 1, 1977, the DeKalb County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") held a hearing on charges against Vincent J. Calhoun (hereinafter "Appellant"), a fifteen year old student in the eleventh grade of Gordon High School. The specific charges against Appellant were (1) possession of a dangerous weapon (fork), (2) assault on a faculty member, (3) vandalism of the assistant principal's office, and (4) use of vulgar, obscene, and profane language and gestures on school property (Gordon High School) on Wednesday, February 16, 1977. ...
1977-06 Robert D. Hobby vs. Tift County Board of Education
On February 28, 1977, the Tift County Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") voted to terminate the contract of Robert D. Hobby (hereinafter "Appellant") for good and sufficient cause. Appellant was serving as a principal in the school system and became involved in an incident with the parents of a student in the school. An investigation was made by the superintendent and evidence was obtained concerning the incident. During the investigation, the superintendent discovered other factors which caused him to recommend that Appellant be terminated. On January 13, 1977, the superintendent wrote to Appellant that he was going to recommend that Appellant's contract be terminated for good and sufficient cause. ...
1977-05 Connie Ruth Dominy vs. Atlanta Board of Education
The Atlanta Board of Education (hereinafter "Local Board") approved the dismissal of Connie Ruth Dominy (hereinafter "Appellant") on January 10, 1977, after receiving a recommendation to that effect from the Professional Practices Commission. Pursuant to request, a tribunal of the Professional Practices Commission had held a hearing on November 30, 1976 on charges that Appellant had violated the Georgia Controlled Substances Act by having in her possession cocaine, glutethimide, and marijuana. The Professional Practices Commission found that Appellant had violated the Controlled Substances Act and recommended that Appellant's contract be terminated. ...
1977-04 Harold Poland vs. Cook County Board of Education
On January 10, 1977, the Cook County Board of Education (hereinafter Local Board) voted to terminate the contract of Harold Poland (hereinafter Appellant), who had been teaching in the Cook County School System for more than three years. The vote to terminate the contract was made despite findings by the Professional Practices Commission that there was insufficient evidence to terminate Appellant and their recommendation that Appellant be reprimanded for his activities. The Appellant has appealed the decision of the Local Board to the State Board of Education. ...
1977-03 Donna B. Crawford vs. City of Savannah Board of Education
On December 21, 1976, the Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham (hereinafter Local Board) entered an order demoting Dorothy B. Crawford (hereinafter Appellant) from her position of Administrative Coordinator of Guidance and Testing pursuant to the findings and recommendations of the Hearing Tribunal which held a hearing on November 24, 1976....
1977-02 Sari Ransum vs. Chattooga County Board of Education
At the conclusion of a hearing on May 3, 1976, the Chattooga County Board of Education (hereinafter Local Board) voted not to renew the contract of Sari Ransum (hereinafter Appellant), who had been employed for ten (10) years by the Local Board. This appeal is from the decision not to renew the contract....