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Excerpt from MDJ
Leroy “Tre” Hutchins, who plans to run for a seat on school board, was in the audience Thursday and said he was discouraged by what he saw. Hutchins, who plans to run as a Democrat, said the decision didn’t frighten him for the future of the board, but the tone of the more than 90 minutes of discussion did.
“It doesn’t scare me off, but I won’t tolerate that,” Hutchins said. “I’ve never seen so many people that I respect on that board be so condescending to another human being. It was demoralizing.”
The board members aren’t going to agree on every topic of conversation, he said, but debates like Thursday take away from the most important issues at hand.
Hutchins noted that graduation rates, showing Cobb County’s continued improvement had just come out and were largely ignored by the board. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale also decided to move a report from district staff, titled “Literacy Update II” to the following meeting agenda in respect of time.
Hutchins also added that Democrat board member David Morgan, whose seat on the board he is aiming for, handled the discussion with the most grace. Morgan suggested multiple times at the meeting that board members try to compromise, advising the proposal be delayed to allow for a policy to be crafted.
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