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For 2nd time in 3 years, Fayette BoE will appoint new member

For the second time since the fall of 2011, the Fayette County Board of Education has a vacancy that it will fill by appointment.

A four-member board appointed current Post 5 member Leonard Presberg in November 2011 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sam Tolbert. Democrat Presberg is seeking election this year to the redrawn District 5 post.

And now a four-member board will make another appointment this spring to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mary Kay Bacallao, who is running for the state school superintendent’s post as a Republican. Bacallao defeated incumbent Democrat Terri Smith for the Post 2 seat in the November 2012 election.

For those in south Fayette County interested in serving on the school board, the time is now. The board on March 10 announced the process by which applicants for the Post 2 seat vacated by Bacallao can apply to fill the seat that will expire at the end of 2016.

The school board Monday night outlined the process by which residents in the Post 2 area can submit their qualifications for consideration.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

· 21 years of age or older

· A citizen of Georgia

· A resident of Fayette County for at least 12 months and reside within the Post 2 district (see map on the school system’s website, and click on “About Fayette Schools” and “About the District”)

· Not a Fayette County School System employee or Georgia Department of Education employee

· Not the holder of another county office

· Not disqualified by the constitution or laws of the state from holding public office

Interested applicants must submit a written letter of interest and resume addressed to:

Fayette County Board of Education

c/o Board Chairman Marion Key

210 Stonewall Avenue, West

Fayetteville, GA 30214

Letters must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Letters may be mailed or hand-delivered to the board of education office at the above address by the deadline noted.

All discussions and actions pertaining to filling the vacant seat must be conducted in public. Applicants will make a five-minute presentation about why they want to serve on the board at a called meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fayette County Board of Education (210 Stonewall Avenue, West, Fayetteville). Board members will ask questions of the applicants following their presentations; applicants may also ask questions of the board.

The school board anticipates making an appointment to fill the Post 2 vacancy at its regular monthly business meeting scheduled on Monday, April 28.

The vacancy occurred per Article 2, Section 2, Paragraph 5 of the Ga. Constitution, “The office of any state, county or municipal elected official shall be declared vacant upon such elected official qualifying for another state, county or municipal elective office ... if the term of the office for which such official is qualifying for begins more than 30 days prior to the expiration of such official’s present term of office.”



The state supt race is FC's gain.

SPQR's picture

Appoint an African American

You appoint the best candidate regardless of race, religion, sex, ect...

I was always told, when you hire someone, hire someone who is smarter than you.

SPQR's picture

After 35 years working in a fortune 500 corporation it was my experience that being smarter that the boss was a sure way not to get hired.

G35 Dude's picture

The trick is not to let the boss know that you're smarter.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

About 20 of us in the middle management group were given "management aptitude" tests or something like that since it was blatantly illegal to force IQ tests on employees, but of course that's what they were. Not only was he dumb enough to take one himself, he was actually dumb - around 110, the second lowest score in the entire group. Additional proof he was dumb, he kept all this a secret for 3 or 4 years and continued to use the same management consultant that administered the tests and then fired her over a billing dispute. Those of us still there got 21 test scores anonymously in the mail about 2 weeks later. He didn't get a copy and I don't think he ever knew he was outed - never acted like he knew anyway.

And that was one of the most efficient organizations I ever worked in because the boss knew he was just an affable front man - perfect for press gatherings and cocktail parties, but not much else. He knew everyone was smarter and quite capable in their area of specialization and he didn't meddle or micromanage. I realize that this style of leadership that wouldn't pass muster in today's world, but it sure worked then. He eventually retired after bringing in an aggressive, hotshot outsider to run the company which went out of business about 3 years later.

Live free or die!

G35 Dude's picture

I used to work in the electronics field. Best boss I ever had knew nothing about electronics. I asked him one day how he was so successful in a field he knew nothing about and he replied "I don't have to know electronics, I know people". He understood something that most don't. There is a difference between knowledge and intelligence. Knowledge is what we learn. Intelligence is the ability to use what we know. How many geniuses do you know that can't function in the real world? Or as my dear ole Dad used to say "You can educate a fool. But all you'll have is an educated fool."

One doesn't need to be an expert to be a good leader.

Just look at the BOE seat, we are having to fill by the board in lieu of voting. She had book knowledge to get a few degrees. But wasn't smart enough to get out of the rain and didn't do a thing in her year and a 1/4 she graced us before running off because she thinks she can make a difference in the state supt race.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

The lesson I learned from my dopey boss was that he was not so dopey after all and I should do the same thing. When I started my own company I made a point of hiring smart people and let them run with their specialty. Made lots of money and so did they because I wasn't greedy and did not think I was more important than they were. Had many 20 year employees and only had 5 that resigned or retired and only 1 who needed to be fired (drugs). If you can believe this, the drug dude made about $30,000 in the 1980's and was actually living in a storage shed (Huie Bray's) because he spent his paycheck on drugs every other Friday. He had a hot plate in his storage shed and that caught fire and burnt him out one night. Misjudged that one.

You are correct - knowing people is the most important thing. Much more important than technical knowledge.

Live free or die!

PTC Observer's picture

you two are referring to is Emotional intelligence or EI. There are several good books on this subject but the most well known is "Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ" by by Daniel Goleman. If you choose to read this book you will be finding yourself relating traits to people you know or have known, like your former bosses. A very interesting read.

They had that opportunity before, alas, politics got in the way--Bonnie Willis who was (is) a black, conservative, successful business woman with kids in the school system. Not good enough for the former board who took the Democrat.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

District voting is going to kill us all.
BOE needs a replacement for the Quixiotic little miss who is off to Atlanta to slay dragons. - and i wish her well

Those of us left back here in the suburban ghetto have to chose a replacement. Who better than Bonnie Willis? Voice of reason and a mother of kids in school. Understand Smola and Smith didn't want an intelligent and successful black woman, but those bimbos don't get to vote anymore - Thank God.

Appoint Bonnie Willis and let her serve the community. BTW, she live in a District? Which one?

Live free or die!

PTC Observer's picture

Your chance

PTC Observer's picture


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