HEADS UP, FOOTBALL!
Ben Thacker, 8, Clarkesville,
is shown on the sideline at the Banks County High School football
game Friday night. He is a waterboy for the team.
Photo by Travis Hatfield
ed. director resigns;
parent seeks 'whole
The resignation of another
administrator came on the same night a parent came to find out
why the Banks County school system has seen turnover in its highest
The Banks County Board of Education accepted the resignation
of special education director Carolyn Akins by a 3-2 vote Monday
night with board chairman Don Shubert and member Neal Brown voting
against her leaving. Akins will stay on until the end of the
Parent Bud Reiselt came before the board to find out what direction
the school system is headed in the wake of the resignation of
Dock Sisk as superintendent of schools.
Reiselt asked if reports in The Banks County News about the recent
resignation of administrators accurately cited an inability to
work with the school board.
"I have been in Banks County about four years," Reiselt
said. "There's been a lot of administrative changes. And
I would imagine that some were for the good and some were for
the bad. I'm not sure in all the circumstances. Of all the people
who resigned at the administrative level, there seems to be a
common thread to why. What I hear and what I see in newspapers,
I don't believe all the time. So I'm here to ask the board some
"That common thread displayed in their quotes is not being
able to get along with the school board. And that the school
board is meddling, according to what they've said, in the day-to-day
operations. What I want to know is, is that true?"
Each board member made a response that they were not interfering
with administrators' operational duties.
"I hear an empathetic no from each of you," Reiselt
said. "So what is printed in the newspaper is not true."
Board member Len Dalton responded, "Much of it is not."
Reiselt stated that all he knew about the issues came from the
"Call me and I will talk to you any time you want to talk,"
Dalton said. "I will tell you everything I know that has
happened in open session."
Monday's meeting began with an hour-long closed session with
board attorney Phil Hartley on the consideration of hiring personnel.
In other action, the board:
·hired Kitty Ross as curriculum director to assist interim
superintendent Debbie White. White said that Ross agreed to take
the job, knowing that the position would not last longer than
the search for a new superintendent.
·hired Nora Sosebee as a special education paraprofessional
for an individual student at the Banks County Primary School,
·hired Elizabeth Veal to replace Brenda Mitchell at the
·approved Kim Mabry, Rita Bush and Anna Dale as basketball
cheerleading sponsors for the annual total supplement of $700.
·approved a bid from Manifold Electronics to install a
sound system at the high school gym for a cost of $12,950.
·approved a request of an out-of-county student to remain
in Banks County until the end of the school year.
·approved a fundraiser for Rosemary Williams' class.
·approved a band field trip to Carowinds.
·approved a school bus bid by Interstate Transportation
Company for $17,019.
BCHS Homecoming 1999
YVETTE WILEY NAMED MISS HOMECOMING
Yvette Wiley was crowned as Miss Homecoming Friday night at Banks
County High School. Members of the court shown congratulating
her are: (L-R) Brittany Holcomb, Johna Williams and Jamie George.
Photos by Travis Hatfield