Mayor could hold back another property deed in near future and up the ante to $837 thousand


According to records received from the Atlanta Public Schools, the district has a $425 thousand offer on the Milton Avenue property and plans to act on the offer to sell the surplus property in the upcoming March Board of Education meeting. However, this property sale may also be blocked by Mayor Reed who is refusing to turn over to APS the deed for the Adair property which is currently being held by the City of Atlanta (see more here and here).

Without the property deeds, the proposed sales cannot be completed. Reed has stated that he will not release the property deeds until the APS/Beltline dispute is resolved. With the inclusion of the Milton property and the Adair property, Reed’s blocking maneuver could result in a loss of $837 thousand of proceeds to APS from the property sales.

Mayor Reed has escalated the war of words on the APS/Beltline issue and his latest move to block APS from selling surplus and dilapidated properties is being met with strong resistance from the community. Community leaders have urged the Mayor to live up to the contractual commitments made by the City, but Reed consistently refers to any statements made to attempt to resolve the matter as “political stunts” – along with other insults to community leaders.

APS is about to enter into next years budget process and has identified an extensive list of priorities that the Board of Education wants to fund. Reed’s unwillingness to stand by the City’s contractual commitment on the Beltline and now his actions to block the sale of APS surplus properties will further constrain the Board as it works on next years budget.

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6 Responses to Mayor could hold back another property deed in near future and up the ante to $837 thousand

  1. lifelong says:

    Can’t APS just give the buyers a quitclaim deed and be done with it?

    • Unfortunately no. There is an arrangement between APS and the City that was put in place quite some time ago that essentially gives the City an option on any properties declared as surplus by APS. As part of the arrangement, the City holds the deeds in its possession. I am trying to get more detail on the arrangement and will report more as I get the information.

  2. lifelong says:

    Mr. Stockwell, do you have any information about when or if APS will just say “enough is enough,” and seek to enforce the terms of the contract that is in place with the city and the Beltline (i.e. litigation)?

    It seems like APS should have all the leverage here, but it also seems like the city and the Beltline are the ones acting like they have all the leverage.

    Are we missing something?

    • I think you are right on point. Unfortunately litigation would be expensive and time consuming. However, Reed’s actions may ultimately force the BOE to pursue the matter in court. Of course, the ultimate losers are the kids (who get less funding), the neighborhoods (with eyesores and dilapidated buildings in their midst) and the taxpayers who ultimately have to fund both sides of the litigation.

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        Unbelievable. Every time someone in the BOE or APS uses the “think about the kids” line it make me want to gag. Because the APS’s actions of late have all been “thinking about the kids” right? That’s why our kids have been below the nation and the large city average in both math and reading for many years, because our school system is so good…

  3. Beverly Fraud says:

    Robert,

    Apparently I am not the only one who questions the motives, ethics and integrity of board members such as Courtney English and Matt Westmoreland. None other than highly respected education historian Diane Ratvich has allow this to be posted on her blog.

    Other than a rather snarky, “white boy from Princeton” comment about Westmoreland, the author of the post makes an excellent case for the true motives of Carstarphen and the new board.

    As well, Ed Johnson had a very meaningful comment showing us how Carstarphen is, in many ways, cut from the same cloth as Beverly Hall. No wonder she was a self described admirer of Hall (and if THAT didn’t raise red flags, what on Earth would?)

    If the post below is too long, here is the link for those who are interested; make no mistake, it IS a message that needs to be heard, if you are an advocate for children of APS

    http://dianeravitch.net/2015/02/10/katie-osgood-why-atlanta-loves-corporate-reform/

    The four TFAers are Courtney English (I-AL7), Jason Esteves (AL-9), Matt Westmoreland (D-3) and Eshe’ Collins (D-6). I encourage everyone to click into their bios to see the organizations they’ve been in involved with, their youth, and the corporate choice of language. For example, Jason Esteves’ bio says, “Jason is a practicing attorney at the Atlanta law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, where he brings businesses, nonprofits and individuals together to solve problems and get results. Jason has also served on the boards of KIPP South Fulton Academy…” He did his TFA stint and then straight to law school. Or Courtney English which reads, “Courtney D. English, was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 2009 at 24 years old; and was at that time, the youngest person to bke elected citywide in any capacity in the city of Atlanta’s history.” He did TFA for two years and went straight into the politics of school. Then there is Eshe’ Collins who chose to include “As a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at A.D. Williams Elementary School, 92 percent of her students met or exceeded expectations on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test for both grade levels.” Citing test scores in a bio shows a deep edreform bias, something we know TFA focuses on heavily. And Matt Westmoreland, well he is a white boy from Princeton, need I say more?

    “This atrocity is exactly what TFA’s end game is. An all charter district would be a wind fall for TFA and its corporate partners. Their youth and isolation within the edreform machine has clearly had a strong and damaging influence on their beliefs. Expect TFA to keep pushing people like this onto school boards and political office through their political branch, LEE. This is why TFA cannot be allowed to exist.”

    I don’t think TFA is going to go out of business. But it is important to know their goals and strategies.

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