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CONYERS — Rockdale County Commissioners Sherri Washington and Dr. Doreen Williams are raising questions about a $297,000 contract Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr. wants to give to an Atlanta company to supervise children of county government workers while they attend virtual classes.

Nesbitt is proposing that Atlanta-based Positive Outcomes LLC be awarded the contract to supervise the children in classrooms at Johnson Park while they do virtual learning, so that county employees would not have to miss work while their children learn at home.

The $297,000 would come from the county’s $3.9 million received from the federal CARES Act to provide assistance to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Outcomes ran Nesbitt’s five-day summer youth enrichment program in 2019, with rising sixth-graders attending the program at the J.P. Carr Community Center.

But Washington and Williams are saying the contract was never put out for bid nor was it presented to them for ratification by Nesbitt. In addition, they are wondering why money was spent for computers and desk shields and the use of the Johnson Park Recreation Center for the program, stating the BOC never approved the expenditures or the use of the building.

Washington and Williams said they first heard about the contract after seeing a flier inviting parents who had pre-registered their children to attend an open house on Aug. 20.

Washington added that she wants to help county employees caught between needing to work and needing to be home with their children during virtual learning, but would rather give them vouchers they can use to provide their own supervision, rather than giving nearly $300,000 to one company.

The contract remains in limbo until the BOC can decide what needs to be done.

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I've worked in community newspapers for 30 years, including Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016. Started as Senior Reporter at the Jackson Progress-Argus in December 2019.

(2) comments

Trmech3

Why do the voters of Rockdale County keep voting for this man? Look at his history, that goes for any public official before you just give them a pass and vote for them.

ConcernedResident

How is he able to make these decisions if he doesn't have the authority to do so without appropriate steps being taken and approval? If this is not supposed to be, how is he allowed to stay in his position? Also, why are are these government employees offered this benefit when there are so many other parents in the county that are having to figure it out on their own? Other parents are having to pay out of their own pockets for someone to watch their children during virtual school, or decide to juggle their full-time jobs while assisting their children with virtual education or, even more difficult, they're having to take a financial hit and have to leave their job in order to be able to take care of their children. I don't like the idea of our tax money being used to benefit a small group of individuals when the county as a whole is all struggling right now trying to balance the needs of our children and their education with also the need of being able to continue working jobs.

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