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Georgia lawmaker pushes for elected local superintendents

Special to SEGAZINE

A Georgia lawmaker is traveling the state trying to build support for his constitutional amendment to allow local school districts to elect their superintendent instead of a board appointment.

Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, says he sponsored House Resolution 550 because he believes someone who must be elected makes for a more responsive public official.

Jasperse hastens to add that his wife and daughter are teachers and his father-in-law was an assistant superintendent. Plus, he has no complaints about his own superintendent in Pickens County.

“I like mine very well, so don’t take it that way, and it’s not personal,” he said.

The amendment wouldn’t require the election of superintendents in all 180 school districts, but merely make it the option of each local legislative delegation.

“It’s an opportunity to give Georgians a choice,” said Jasperse, a retired county agent.

Online Athens.

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