BOE seeking eighth superintendent since ‘89
By Kandice S. Eberhardt
CARNESVILLE – The Franklin County Board of Education will hold a board retreat Saturday in lieu of a February work session.
This year’s February board retreat will be slightly different than those in the past because the board has asked a representative with the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA) to come and walk them through the process of selecting a new superintendent and to discuss the qualities the board would like the next superintendent to possess.
At their last meeting, the board said they would only do this if it would count towards their board training hours.
GSBA is currently also helping Ware, Chattahoochee, Washington and Murray counties conduct searches for new superintendents.
Since 1989, Franklin County Schools has had a total of seven superintendents.
Only two of the seven, Lillard Gibbs and Boyd Outz, were elected.
Gibbs served from 1989-92. Outz served from 1993-96.
Thomas Bridges served as superintendent from 1997 to 2000.
Leland Dishman served as superintendent from 2000-04.
Dr. Ric Ayer served as superintendent from 2004-07.
Dr. Ruth O’Dell served as superintendent from 2007-16.
In April of 2016, the board selected Wayne Randall as the new superintendent.
On Dec. 4, 2018, Randall was informed by Franklin County Board of Education Chairman Robin Cato and board member Eric Burrell that a majority of the school board had decided not to renew his contract as the superintendent citing system test scores as the reason.
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