Personnel decision sparks debate at school board work session

District 8 board member, Frank Myers felt that the board should meet someone being appointed for a position in the district

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, Ga.- Monday night was the first work session of 2016 for the Muscogee County School Board.

Early in the presentation, the board discussed current graduation requirements before they moved onto other business. From there, the board discussed the appointing of Michi Billings to serve as the Senior Director of Budget in the Finance Division. Her appointment would be voted on at next Monday’s meeting. District 8 Board Member Frank Myers questioned if Ms. Billings was in attendance. She was not in attendance for the meeting. Myers asked if the board would have the chance to meet the potential hire and discuss her qualifications.

District 8 board member, Frank Myers felt that the board should meet someone being appointed for a position in the district
District 8 board member, Frank Myers felt that the board should meet someone being appointed for a position in the district

Superintendent David Lewis said it is his job to make recommendations on personnel and it is the board’s job to either approve it or turn it down. Myers questioned why the board even votes if they “rubber stamp” whatever the superintendent recommends.

Board member Naomi Buckner said that it is the board’s job to vote on what is presented to them. Board member Pat-Hugely Green said the board has a code of ethics that are a part of state statutes and the only person the board has a say on is the superintendent. “Now the idea that there is some code of ethics that says we are prohibited from interviewing somebody is the biggest load of bull I have ever heard since I’ve been on the school board, and that means a lot,” Myers said. “That is nuts. We have an obligation to know who we are hiring and we aren’t doing the hiring as a board.”

Also during the meeting, the board discussed the $56 million budget for the construction of the new Spencer High School. Board member John Thomas brought up the point of having an incentive for the contractors to come in under budget. Myers added that contractors should choose local workers for the construction.

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