Charlton L. Bivins was elected to the Clayton County Board of
Education in December 2008 to fill an unexpired term for the seat
representing District 9. Mr. Bivins was elected to serve as Board
Vice-Chair in January 2011.
While on the Board, Mr. Bivins has envisioned, promoted and instituted
initiatives such as "500 Men Standing in the Gap" (Male/Fatherhood
Initiative). Before this initiative less than 10% of the district's
schools had male volunteer programs, compared to over 60% of the
Clayton County schools now having men's outreach groups. This
initiative sparked interest in the creation of "500 Women standing
in the Gap". Both initiatives have potential to become a beacon for
the school district and the community. He has been involved in the
Archway Project (Community based Initiative), and the Clayton Action
Nexus (School/Student Safety Initiative). He is an avid supporter of
Judge Teske's "Alternative to Incarceration" juvenile justice
program as well as the NAACP's stance on educational minority
practices regarding juveniles entitled "The School to Prison
Mr. Bivins is recognized by his "civic" duties in his community.
He is involved in the Clayton Co. Council of PTA's, Clayton
Collaborative Grassroots Leadership Initiative, Clayton-Henry
Chapter of National Action Network (NAN), Clayton County Chamber
of Commerce, and various other non-profit organizations. He has
coached various youth sports associated with Clayton County
Parks and Recreation, to include Forest Park, Morrow, Lake City,
Jonesboro and Rex parks. He currently is on the Board of Directors
for the Nicholas House and regularly mentors at the Nicholas House,
a transitional home for full homeless families in Atlanta. He has
been in leadership positions or served on numerous non-profit boards
including C4 - Concerned Citizens of Clayton Co. , Inc., HUGS, Inc.,
Grassroots Leadership, Inc. and the Salvation Army Advisory Board in
Clayton County, Clayton Co. Dept. of Health Safe Kids Advisory Board
and FCLA Advisory Board.
His advocacy and community involvement has been recognized by the
Clayton County Council of PTA's, the school district, and various
community organizations in the form of various awards received.
He has spoken and motivated crowds through informative and
inspirational presentations across the state of Georgia on "Child
Advocacy", " School and Child Safety", Male/Fatherhood Initiatives,
law enforcement topics and various civic leadership ideologies.
He has lived in Clayton County for nearly twenty-six years and
has three children and three grandchildren. His three children
graduated from the Clayton County Schools.
His philosophy is that, "The heartbeat of a community, state or
nation rest in the education of its children. Education is more
than just classrooms. The progress of society truly starts with
the A-Academics, B-Basic Family values, and C-Community involvement."