District 1 resident chastises school board for allowing Hall's comments

COVINGTON -- A Newton County District 1 resident chastised the Newton County Board of Education for its handling of comments from the Newton County Chamber of Commerce president last week.

Resident Logan Bistok spoke during the public participation portion of the school board's monthly meeting Tuesday night, saying he was disappointed that the board allowed Chamber President Hunter Hall to "attack" school board Vice Chair Jeff Meadors during last week's meeting, violating its own policy. Meadors represents District 1.

During last week's monthly work session, Hall spoke for about 10 minutes during the public participation portion of the meeting, asking Meadors to stop writing his column for the Newton Citizen, saying that when Meadors points out negative information about the school system it hurts the Chamber's efforts to secure industries like Baxter International.

Bistok accused school board Chair Eddie Johnson of allowing Hall to break board policy by going over his time limit and attacking a board member.

According to the school board's Public Participation policy, "a maximum time of five minutes will be allotted to a single individual or a single topic based on the number of requests. ... Personal attacks against any member of the Board will not be tolerated."

"It's your job ... to make sure every meeting runs the same way," Bistok told Johnson. "(Meadors) tells the hard truth. It may be controversial, and you may not like to hear it, but it can be useful to you guys."

Bistok encouraged the board to support teachers and not "order people around," as he accused the board of doing for passing a resolution telling voters to vote no in the November election on a proposed charter school amendment that would allow a state agency to approve charter schools that local boards don't approve. Bistok called that move communism and Naziism.

"We're here for the kids. We're not here to pick fights or sue people," he said. "We're in significant turmoil. ... We need to get serious about education in Newton County."

The board members did not respond to Bistok's comments.


Southside 3 years, 2 months ago

Didn't Mr.Johnson tell Mr. Bistok that was only a single?


Beautifulblueeyes 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Logan Bistok.

Hunter Hall was out of line and every body knows it. He needs to apologize and leave that man alone. His columns are wonderful and informative.


Satan69 3 years, 2 months ago

Southside it was more like a foul ball. Hahahaha


jimwill9 3 years, 2 months ago

All for freedom of speech as long as its coming from someone who has the ability to write without an agenda. I think Mr Meadors has proven his agenda.....


OnToday 3 years, 2 months ago

He writes editorials, therefore it is expected that he will have an agenda. And his agenda is to clean up and improve our broken system. At least he makes that clear. Hall and the BOE have agenda too but they tend to hide them.


NewtonNeighbor 3 years, 2 months ago

Yes, Mr Meadors has an agenda. It seem to be standing for what is right for our kids, calling a spade a spade, not being bullied into silence by our unfortunate powers that be. I, for one, am all for this agenda. I wish him the best and support him wholeheartedly.


covingtoner 3 years, 2 months ago

Im glad someone like Mr. Hall called him out for it. Meadors why dont you stick to just being a school board member and not a newspaper columnists.


Frustrated 3 years, 2 months ago

so you would rather sugar coat and omit things at the cost of an education for the kids? Everyone knows the school system is in trouble and so is the BOE. Hall for one should be trying to help improve things instead of hiding them.


amp72 3 years, 2 months ago

In other words, do what the other BOE members do- which is nothing. Sit there and pretend there is nothing that needs to be done, and do nothing. Staus quo. Why the heck would you elect someone to do nothing? Why bother having a BOE if we just expect them to just show up at meetings and rubber stamp everything? Ridiculous! Meadors is doing his job, which is informing the public of issues and events involving public education. Sometimes it isn't pretty but hey, sometimes the truth hurts.


Neuhierl 3 years, 2 months ago

Good for Meadors and telling like it is! The elected officials really think they can hide education and road issues from companies that are thinking of moving here? Why don't we fix things instead of trying to hide them?

Our neighborhood roads are falling apart. When will the Newton County Board of Commissioners do something about that?


will 3 years, 2 months ago

This BOE has zero backbone they let serious issues fly right by while they sit back scared to do whats right. They are scared of legal action by some ambulance chasing lawyer. Hunter Hall open your eyes our school system sucks and our BOE brings nothing to the table, if you had any interest in the county you would tell the BOE just how sorry our school system is. A good school system would help bring in more industry. Stop catering to the non-productive people and start building up the productive people in society. This 47% has nothing to bring to the table but an open hand.


tomgahunter 3 years, 2 months ago

Mr Meadows is the only BOC who is interested in the education of our students..Johnson's only goal is to take care of his buddies, The Carpenters.


Billy 3 years, 2 months ago

I was thinking about joining the COC; based on above comments by Hall, I'm not considering it any more...


SharonBlock 3 years, 2 months ago

@tomgahunter your absolutely right he takes care of the carpenters I couldn't agree and the sad part is everybody knows it and see's it, however no one will do a thing about it. Imagine that Mathews knows he knows lots of things but never opens his mouth to defend anyone but Dennis Carpenter. How sad that is.


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