D-2 Byron D. Amos (I)

Contact Information

Email – byronamos1@gmail.com or bamos@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Phone – 678-362-0274

Byron D. Amos Campaign Website

Background

Byron D. Amos, the CEO of Capacity Builders, Inc. is a native Atlantan who has been involved in community organizing for over 20 years and has established deep-roots in the Atlanta community. … Byron has served as the Chairperson of Neighborhood Planning Unit L and as President of the Vine City Civic Association, Inc. … Byron has received many honors and awards, including being recognized as a WATL 36 Unsung Hero as well as an Outstanding Atlantan. … He is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the City of Atlanta Citizen Police and Fire Academy. … In December 2011, Byron won a special election to fill an unexpired term for the Atlanta School Board Educational District 2 seat. …Byron is the son of Johnny Amos Sr., a retired United States Postal Service employee, and Marietta G. Amos, who retired after 23 years of service in the Atlanta Public Schools System. Byron is a product of the Atlanta Public Schools, attending M. M. Bethune Elem., J.F. Kennedy Middle, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School and going on to attend Howard University and Clark Atlanta University. Byron Amos is the proud father of three daughters, one son and is married to Ms. Aisha Carter. He is a member of Beulah Baptist Church, in Vine City, where he is a faithful servant on the Trustee Board. 

Education Priorities

Position on Revenues and Taxes

FY14 Property TaxesMillage rates will remain unchanged in the 2013-2014 school year, but property taxes are projected to increase by 1.2 percent. The Atlanta Board of Education voted June 17 for its property tax rate within the city to stay at 21.64 mills, with a 0.1 mill for bond payments.

AIS Property Sale Atlanta’s school system is reconsidering whether to sell Buckhead property to Atlanta International School that the private school currently leases. … Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel said Tuesday that the sale is complicated by high property values in the area and potential future needs of the school system. [Note – Amos has not taken a public position on the sale of the AIS property at this time – RFS]

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

FY14 Budget The Atlanta Board of Education voted 6-3 to pass the $595 million spending plan for the 2013-2014 school year... The school board decided against making another $1.3 million in personnel cuts because tax collections have come in about $1.5 million higher than projections, McDaniel said. [Note – Amos voted with the majority – the FY14 budget includes $24.9 million of deficit spending – RFS]

FY13 Budget – The Atlanta Board of Education unanimously approved (9-0) the school system’s  fiscal 2013 budget of $574.70 million. [Note – the approved budget included deficit spending of $18.4 million – RFS]

Position on Allocation of Resources

Reduction in Central Administration CostFrustrated Atlanta school board members met Wednesday and called for a bloated central office to start shedding unproductive administrators so that more money can go toward reducing class sizes. In a school district with the highest administration costs in Georgia, parents and board members want to direct more money to students in the proposed budget for the next school year. Board Chairman Reuben McDaniel asked the administration to identify 18 non-teacher positions — worth about $1.5 million — that can be cut, especially if those workers are not doing their jobs. [Note – the BOE never further addressed the $1.5 million in cuts and they were not included in the final budget passed. Amos voted FOR passage of the budget. – RFS]

Position on Class Size Waivers and Average Class Size

Position on the Budget Process

Board Vice Chairman Byron Amos criticized the absence of Superintendent Erroll Davis, who was out of town on trips that were scheduled before budget meetings held last week and this week.“I don’t see how our superintendent can continue to miss meetings when he’s the leader of this system. He needs to be here,” Amos said. “This says to me that he’s not taking into consideration anything that the people or the board are asking him to do.”

Frustrated Atlanta school board members met Wednesday and called for a bloated central office to start shedding unproductive administrators so that more money can go toward reducing class sizes. In a school district with the highest administration costs in Georgia, parents and board members want to direct more money to students in the proposed budget for the next school year.

Position on Overcapacity Issues and School Closings Position on Board’s Oversight

Responsibilities Position on Charter Schools

Funds Withheld from Charter Schools LitigationAtlanta’s charter schools are increasing class sizes, reducing staff and trimming budgets because nearly $3 million is being withheld from them in a legal dispute with the city school district. One judge has ruled the charters should have the money. Because Atlanta Public Schools appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, the money is tied up until the case, which involves APS’ pension cost, is decided. The state’s highest court may not rule until next spring, meaning the charters have to do without until then even if they ultimately prevail. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob ruled in December in favor of the charter schools, whose lawyers argued that their employees don’t benefit from the pension system and their funding can’t be altered. [Note – BOE voted unanimously to appeal Judge Shoob’s decision – RFS]

Drew Carter High School ExpansionThe Atlanta school board approved a proposal to allow Drew Charter to build a $55 million high school and add about 400 students in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

Nearly $150 million Cost of new North Atlanta High SchoolBelcher tried to get an APS representative to defend the cost, but no administrators or board members agreed to speak with him.

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