Warren County fills out new school board

Governor had removed three members two weeks ago
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Three new members have been appointed to the Warren County Board of Education to fill vacancies imposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Sandy Yelton was appointed Tuesday to fill District 1. Ms. Yelton joined Board Chairwoman Gwendolyn Tucker and Vice -Chairman Randy Morris to make a quorum required for a special called meeting today.

At that meeting, Carolyn Martin and Patricia Hambsch were appointed and sworn in by Probate Judge Janice Thigpen.

Two weeks ago, the governor removed Clara B. Roberts, Cecil Brown and Charles Culver from their elected positions at the recommendation of an administrative law judge. At the time of the governor’s decision, their attorney E. Brian Watkins said the case would be appealed.

Warren County School Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said she is “thrilled with the appointments the board made, and looks forward to working with the newest members.” Mrs. Carey said both new board members are educators in other school systems.

Mrs. Martin, who has taken the District 3 seat, served on the Warren County Board of Commissioners for 16 years and is a retired teacher in McDuffie and Warren counties. She works part time for 21st Century in Glascock County schools.

Ms. Hambsch is taking the District 5 seat.

Both Mrs. Martin and Ms. Hambsch were part of a group of citizens who filed a complaint with the governor asking that the previous board members be removed from office.  They will fill the positions until Dec. 31 and/or new members are selected by voters in the General Election.

The previously scheduled regular August meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday.




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