Lawmakers seek change to allow voters to pick school superintendents

mlee@macon.comMarch 1, 2013 

ATLANTA -- A bill filed Friday in the state House of Representatives would open the path for voters to choose their school system’s superintendent.

“It gives us options,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, a signer of the bill.

Under the proposal, the state lawmakers from a given school district would need to pass a bill in Atlanta to set up a local vote.

Peake said his support of the bill has nothing to do with this week’s buyout of controversial Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand, but he said, “there has been a track record of trouble with the last few superintendents. I think it’s worth debate.”

At the request of bill author state Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, the state House immediately assigned the bill to a committee, a relatively common request that cuts a few days from a bill’s journey to a hearing.

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