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FRONT PAGE - OCTOBER 13, 1999 - HOMER, GA




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







EDUCATION

Special 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 positions.
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 school year.
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 questions.
"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 newspapers.
"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, as needed.
·hired Elizabeth Veal to replace Brenda Mitchell at the BCPS cafeteria.
·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



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