School Board Member Martin Names Special Citizens Advisory Committee To Help With School Bullying Issues

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dr. Greg Martin, District 3 Representative for the Hamilton County School Board and chairman of its Policy Committee, announced Tuesday that he has named a Special Citizens Advisory Committee that will assist the School Board with a comprehensive review of its policies and procedures concerning Discrimination, Harassment/Hazing, Bullying/Intimidation, Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities and related matters in our public schools.

The committee will include the following community and education leaders:

Garrick Hall, wrestling coach, Hixson High School – chairman of the committee
Wayne Brown, President, Bridge-n-the-Gap
Grant Crosslin, Community Volunteer
Everlina Holmes, UnifiED
Judge Rob Philyaw, Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Marcus Perez, Owner of Elite Behavior Analysis
Lee Rogers, Parent and Community Volunteer

This Special Citizen’s Advisory Committee, working in partnership with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and the Hamilton County Council of PTA, will make a series of recommendations to the Board’s Policy Committee on how the School Board can improve its “code of conduct” policies for students, employees of the school system and school volunteers, Dr. Martin said.

The public is also invited to address the board on this issue during one of its next two public meetings at 5 p.m.  on Thursday and 5:30 p.m. the following Thursday in the Board Room of the Central Office at 3074 Hickory Valley Road.  

Dr. Martin stated, “During the past three weeks, I have listened to people across Hamilton County raise concerns about providing an environment where all of our students feel safe and secure, whether they are in our public schools or participating in an offsite extracurricular activity.  Forming this Special Citizen’s Advisory Committee is the first of several actions that I hope will reassure parents and the community overall that the School Board is taking the necessary steps to address this issue so a similar event does not happen again in our school system.

"I believe our school system is best served when we have input from professionals inside the system and people who work outside of the school system but have children in our public schools.   I am grateful for the willingness of all of these people to serve the public for the greater good of our community, and I look forward to reviewing their final recommendations on changes that need to be made in our policies and procedures.”

The next public meeting for the board’s policy committee is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday at 3074 Hickory Valley Road.


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