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Residents meet new school leader
Hinesville mayor Jim Thomas speaks with Dr. Judy Scherer during the Business After Hours the Chamber of Commerce hosted for the community to meet with the county's new superintendent. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
The line extended through the foyer of the board of education building to meet Dr. Judy Scherer, the county's new school superintendent, during Thursday's Business after Hours hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
And Chamber Executive Director Kenny Smiley had expected it.
"We have a new superintendent and she comes highly recommended," he said. "The community and the business community are just anxious to come out and meet her."
As the line progressed, community leaders and educators, alike, had the opportunity to exchange handshakes and personally hear from Scherer.
Terrie Oliver learned how she and Scherer can establish a connection to expand the educational opportunities for students in the county.
As the director of instruction at the Savannah Technical College's Liberty campus, she explained how she has wanted to help students get head starts to college while still in high school, "looking at lots of liaisons between high schools and the technical college."
Oliver discovered Scherer has experience in creating career academies to fulfill the purpose and meet the goals Oliver is aiming for.
Scherer helped set up the state's first model career academy, Central Educational Center in Newnan.
Oliver said Scherer already knows the steps it would take to doing the same in Liberty County, from selecting partnerships to requesting state funding.
"We were talking about if we can go ahead and start working now, we'll be ready when that grant comes out next year," she said.
Oliver said they will have a follow-up meeting soon to implement their vision.
She was happy with their discussion.
"So, this is wonderful," she said.
Dr. Chris Draffin, director of school nutrition, described Scherer as a team captain.
"And we're happy to be on her team," she said.
Mickey Bayens, director of transportation, said he liked Scherer's attitude and goal of putting the children first.

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