LAGRANGE, Ga. – The candidates in the Troup County Board of Education District 5 race are getting ready for the upcoming runoff. John Asbell is facing Cathy Hunt.
They discussed different issues at a forum including Opportunity School Districts, which will be on the November ballot. These school districts would allow schools deemed “perpetually failing” by state standards to be taken over by a state-appointed superintendent.
Hunt says she needs to learn more about Opportunity School Districts, but says sometimes intervention is good.
“I guess if I had to cast my vote today, I would say yes. Sometimes outside help is needed,” Hunt said.
Asbell says he’s heard concern from some school administrators and principals.
“It would allow a group of people outside of our citizen’s to control it and if that’s true that gives me a lot of concern. The best answers come from the local management, local teachers, local parents,” Asbell said.
The runoff election will be held July 26th. Early voting already underway.