fter two meetings in which they heard teachers groups advocate for local control, Senate study committee members looking at mandating later start dates for public schools were urged by the Atlanta Braves and executives from several theme parks to lengthen Georgia summers.
Derek Schiller, president and CEO of the Braves, told the 10 committee members present that more than half of those who attend ballgames at SunTrust Park are children who come with their parents. But as summer vacations get shorter, he said, there is a limited window for them to come see the games.
Schiller was followed by an all-star lineup of theme park executives from across Georgia, including Dale Kaetzel, park president of Six Flags over Georgia and White Water; Bill Doyle, president and CEO of Callaway Resort and Gardens; and Michael Dombrowski, vice president and general manager of Stone Mountain Park.
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