NEWLY APPOINTED District 3 Grady County Board of Education member Gerald Goosby was sworn in Tuesday night by Probate Judge Denise Maddox and his wife, Leslie, looked on. Goosby will fill the unexpired term of Laura Register, who resigned.
The Grady County Board of Education began 2020 by electing new leadership, changing the starting time of its monthly meetings and adopting a calendar for the 2020-2021 school term during its first meeting of the year Tuesday night.
Teresa Gee Hardy was unanimously elected chairwoman and Derrick Majors was elected vice chairman of the board.
Prior to the start of Tuesday night’s meeting, newly appointed District 3 board member Gerald Goosby was sworn in by Grady County Probate Judge Denise Maddox. Goosby was appointed by the board at a called meeting last week to fill the unexpired term of veteran board member Laura Register, who resigned effective Dec. 31.
A large delegation of family, friends, neighbors and supporters attended the meeting Tuesday night in support of the new District 3 board member.
The Grady County Board of Education will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month, but by unanimous vote, the board decided to move the starting time of the meetings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“I believe that will be more convenient for all of the board members and the public,” Chairwoman Hardy said. Former board chairman Jeff Worsham said he favored moving the meetings to a 6 p.m. start time and said when it was changed to 5 p.m. he had received complaints.
The board also voted unanimously to accept Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard’s recommendation for the 2020-2021 school calendar. Two options were presented to the school system employees and the option recommended by Gilliard was the overwhelming choice of the system’s employees.
According to Dr. Gilliard, the professional staff have requested a teacher work day at the end of each nine-weeks and the superintendent and his administrative team believe a professional development day at the end of each nine-weeks is also beneficial. In order to provide for those two days after each grading period, a full week of fall break for the faculty and staff has been eliminated and the first day of school for students will be on a Monday rather than on a Friday. Under the calendar adopted this week, the first day of school for children will be Monday, Aug. 3 and school will end on Friday, May 21, 2021.
Dr. Gilliard also noted that this calendar includes 178 days for students, which is two days less than the typical 180-day school calendar. The calender is published on Page A9 of this newspaper.