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Paulding School Board moving slowly to fill vacant seat
by Tom Spigolon
March 18, 2014 03:55 PM | 1363 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Paulding School Board will move slowly to find the “right person” to fill its vacant District 4 seat, two members said last week.

Board members must replace Richard Manous, who recently resigned to seek election to the county board of commissioners in the May 20 primary.

District 3 board member Kim Cobb said she believed in “fair, transparent, unbiased representation.”

“Quickly appointing someone might not give everyone that is willing and passionate an equal opportunity to serve,” Cobb said.

“By allowing the superintendent and board counsel time to suggest a fair process to allow any interested individuals to serve, it is my opinion that our board can evaluate the process,” she said. “Then, the board can do our best to vote for an individual who truly has the heart and commitment to serve the community through unselfish representation.”

District 1 board member Theresa Lyons said the board did not have a deadline for appointing someone and was not required to have one.

“We want to be very thorough and pick the best person for the job, and a person who is there for the right reasons,” Lyons said.

“Some people want to be on [the board] because they have an agenda and that’s absolutely the wrong reason. Hopefully, we’ll find someone who cares about the district as much as we all do,” she said.

Board members are committed to finding someone who “cares about the students and academic achievement” and “who would really fit well within the chemistry” of the current board, Lyons said..

“We want to have a very methodical way of doing it – interview process, application process – and make sure we are all in 100 percent agreement for who we appoint,” she said.

School board infighting has prompted agencies to downgrade some metro Atlanta school districts’ accreditation in recent years. However, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits many Georgia school systems, noted the board’s “cohesiveness” in its recent reaccreditation of the Paulding School District, she said.

“We have an amazing board,” Lyons said. “A new board member can change everything.”

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