New chairman elected; defends board - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

New chairman elected; defends board

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:33:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. He has an exclusive interview with the single mother who says she was just protecting her family and belongings.More >>
  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:20:53 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Rob Varner came out of the gate swinging Tuesday night.

In an address to the crowd and fellow board members, Varner put everything regarding the superintendent search out into perspective, giving a detailed explanation of everything that has taken place with the search since the fall.

"Some of the things that have been brought forth over the last week, relative to the superintendent search, I didn't think were quite fair and as a matter of record I just wanted to set it straight," Varner said. 

In his speech, Varner said the board was publicly charged with violating the Open Meetings Act. Varner said the board denies these allegations and says they are all centered around the January 14 meeting where the board immediately went into executive session, then came out to vote on a new contract for a new search firm for superintendent.

"What we did in executive session was absolutely appropriate and we did not violate the Open Meetings Act. I just wanted to make sure that the public was aware of that," Varner said.  

In that executive session Varner says that the board members discussed salary for the new search firm Brock & Clay. He says all of the contract discussions had happen prior to this meeting through emails which Varner says is not a violation of the Open Meetings policy. 

He says the board will focus their attention on the search and work with the new firm to select the best person for the job

"Its now in their hands to assist us in doing a thorough process  but doing in a manner that doesn't waste a lot of time," Varner said. 

Patricial Hugley Green was elected Tuesday to be the school board's vice chair. Athavia Senior (District 3) and Shannon Smallman (District 7) were also sworn in as the newest board members. 

The new board voted to end year-round school at Georgetown Elementary and Rigdon Road Elementary.  It approved a new principal at Martin Luther King Elementary as well as a new director of guidance services for the Muscogee County School District. 

The school board's next work session is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11. Its next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. 

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.