The recent controversy about religious expression of teachers in the Bulloch County School System resulted in a new policy regarding what may be part of the signature line of email accounts supplied by the school system. Effective this past Friday, the new policy adopted by the Board of Education the previous day states the system's ".k12" email is the property of the school district and not employees' personal accounts and should be used for school matters. The signature block should only contain the name, title, assigned school, mailing address, email address, phone number and fax number. Employees should not include quotes or other personal messages as part of the signature block.
The new policy was instituted following a threat by the Liberty Institute to take legal action against what it claimed appeared to be an attempt to discriminate against teacher's expresion of Christian faith.
The board also approved spending $107,320 with Illuminate Education to purchase a benchmark assessment system" computer software package. That first year price also includes training teachers. To continue using the program will cost the board $82,320 annually for years two through five .