Voters wait in line outside the Historic Clayton Coun ty Courthouse, Jonesboro, GA, Oct. 12, 2020.

by Robin Kemp

Early/advance voting is underway for the special elections in Board of Commissioners District 1 and Board of Education District 8. This is the fifth week of August, so many boards are not meeting, but Clayton County Board of Education will hear a proposal tonight for district-based virtual learning for grades K-8 that could start as soon as the tenth week of classes. Here’s a look at what’s happening in Clayton County government this week:


All Day: The Georgia Association of Voter Registration & Election Officials (GAVREO) holds its Annual Conference on Jekyll Island. The conference covers new procedures under SB202, as well as guidance on elections security, poll watchers, voter registration, and ethics, among other topics. Clayton County Elections and Registration Director Shauna Dozier is GAVREO’s treasurer and conference co-chair.

6 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Education holds its work session at 1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro. (See all supporting documents.) You can watch via YouTube at On the agenda: proposed Virtual Learning District-Based options for grades K-8 to begin the second nine weeks of school, an audit update from Business Services, numerous consent agenda items including:

  • financial report
  • SPLOST revenue report
  • purchasing report, including 3-4 Language Arts Supplemental Resources and a purchase for HMH Growth Measure, L4GA Grant Required Assessment
  • a budget amendment
  • SPLOST construction report
  • personnel changes report
  • CTAE Update and Perkins V Local Plan for Improving CTAE FY22

Board matters include second reads on Policy Series D (Fiscal Management) and E (Business Management, specifically safety), as well as board training (Action Agenda). The board will also vote on approval of the proposed Sept. 7 meeting agenda and whether to consider an incentive for employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Using $4.9 million in CARES funds, the district would pay full-time employees $500 and part-time employees $250 for getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The final vote on the one-time incentive would come at the Sept. 7 meeting.

6 p.m.: Forest Park Ward 3 Councilman Hector Gutierrez holds a town hall meeting on policing in the community. Forest Park Police Chief Nathaniel Clark and Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts will be there. The meeting will take place at 696 Main Street, as well as via Zoom (meeting ID 835-7912-8611 and passcode 937632). Here’s a shortlink to the meeting: You also can dial in at (301) 715-8592 with passcode 937632.

La reunión también está abierta a hispanohablantes en Forest Park.

6 p.m .: El concejal de Forest Park Ward 3, Héctor Gutiérrez, lleva a cabo una reunión en el ayuntamiento sobre la vigilancia policial en la comunidad. El jefe de policía de Forest Park, Nathaniel Clark, y el jefe de policía del condado de Clayton, Kevin Roberts, estarán allí. La reunión se llevará a cabo en 696 Main Street, así como a través de Zoom (ID de reunión 835-7912-8611 y código de acceso 937632). La enlace corto a la reunión está También puede llamar al (301) 715-8592 con el código de acceso 937632.


All Day: The Georgia Association of Voter Registration & Election Officials holds its Annual Conference on Jekyll Island.

6:30 p.m.: Clayton County Commissioner DeMont Davis hosts a community meeting about whether to rename streets in District 4 that are named for Confederate generals and battles. (See our story on the issue.) The public is invited to take part in the conversation in the Clayton County Board of Commissioners Board Room, 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro. Masks and social distancing are required.


All Day: The Georgia Association of Voter Registration & Election Officials holds its Annual Conference on Jekyll Island.

4:30 p.m.: The Jonesboro Design Review Commission meets via Zoom to consider:

  • A new multifamily development, Hearthside Jonesboro, in the Active Senior Residential Overlay at North Main Street and North Avenue
  • A new commercial building for a car restoration shop at 797 Flint River Road
  • New sign panels for three new businesses at 309 North Main Street: Sweets on Main, Chef Baker’s Place 2, and Matchpoint
  • New sign panels for Tire Village at 8270 Tara Boulevard
  • A new Hardiplank-sided house where a brick house was demolished in 2012 at 112 Elaine Terrace. Staff recommends denial because “virtually every other house on the same street (including the house that used to be at Elaine Terrace) was brick on all sides.” The house is not in the Historic District




All Day: Clayton County Public Schools are closed “to serve as an incentive for eligible students and CCPS employees to get vaccinated.” Free Pfizer vaccinations will be offered at Lovejoy Middle School, 1588 Lovejoy Road, Lovejoy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Register online at The second Pfizer dose will be offered Friday, September 24.   

All Day: The Clayton County Health District will be offering free Pfizer vaccinations. To book an appointment, go to COVID-19 Vaccination Registration (powerapps, fill out the COVID-19 questionnaire, then search for “Clayton County – Battle Creek Dose 1 Pfizer on September 3rd.” If you need help making an appointment, call (678) 479-2223.  

5 p.m.: Forest Park’s Food Truck Friday offers free food to first responders with ID (while it lasts). The event takes place at the fountain on Main and College Streets in Forest Park, across from Forest Park Army Navy and Tactical Gear Supply, and is sponsored by Councilman Hector Gutiérrez and the City of Forest Park. The public is welcome.

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