Legal notice is running, but Senator Burke is undecided on making BOE posts nonpartisan

State Senator Dean Burke is remaining coy as to whether he will support local legislation during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The legislation would make Grady County Board of Education posts nonpartisan.
Representative Darlene Taylor, who previously said she would only support local legislation approved unanimously, has said she will support the legislation even though District 1 school board member Jeff Worsham has voted against the proposal on two separate occasions.
“The last word I had from Sen. Burke was that he had not made up his mind,” Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard said.
The Messenger sought to contact Sen. Burke late Tuesday, but was unsuccessful.
Regardless, on Page A6 of this issue of The Cairo Messenger a legal notice of Rep. Taylor’s intent to introduce the local legislation is  published.
According to Dr. Gilliard, it must be published this week in hopes of the legislation being approved in this session of the General Assembly.
The county school superintendent said, if passed, the legislation would take effect with this election cycle. Up for election are Districts 1, 3 and 4, which are held currently by Jeff Worsham, Laura Register and Teresa Gee Harris.
Qualifying for local nonpartisan candidates is conducted by Grady County Probate Judge Denise Maddox and opens at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 7 and concludes at noon on Friday, March 11.
The qualifying fee for board of education posts is $18.

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