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BoE shuffles administration
Help sought in superintendent search
Cheryl Conley
Cheryl Conley
The Liberty Board of Education has decided to name an interim superintendent, use the services of the Georgia School Board Association to search for a new superintendent, and has promoted Dr. Cheryl Conley to the new post of deputy superintendent.
The interim superintendent and the search are needed because Dr. Steve Wilmoth, the current superintendent, is leaving at the end of the month. He is a finalist for the job of superintendent of the Coffee County schools.
Board Chairwoman Lily Baker said the interim superintendent will be announced at the June 12 BoE meeting. In the meantime, Conley has been authorized to sign, if necessary, reports and other documents.
Wilmoth will work through June 30, but may take some accrued annual leave in the meantime.
On April 23, the board met with Bill Sampson of the school board association, who said, “Tell your superintendent candidates, ‘these are our goals.’ You will want to hire someone who shares your goals... Ask the candidates how they feel about public involvement. You want people to buy in to what your school system is doing.”
He said the GSBA seeks public input when they assist a system with a search for a superintendent.
Different tools, such as surveys and public meetings are used.
The five goals:
1. Increase achievement levels for Liberty County students.
2. Provide a safe environment for learning and teaching.
3. Improve performance of students, staff and the organization through results-driven professional learning that is standards-based, job embedded and collaborative.
4. Increase stakeholder involvement throughout the school system.
5. Integrate technology into the curriculum at all grade levels.
Besides naming Conley deputy superintendent, the board promoted two other veteran employees, Mary Alexander and Sonja Duncan. Alexander was named assistant superintendent of student data and student services, and Duncan was appointed executive director of special programs.
Jason Rogers was promoted to assistant superintendent of business and finance. With the new job of deputy superintendent and the appointment of two assistant superintendents, the board has an new layer of leadership on its organizational chart.
The BoE’s June 12 meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the board office and is open to the public.
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