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Muscogee County School Board Meeting

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's official - the Muscogee County School Board members have voted to keep superintendent David Lewis until at least 2017. 

School board chairman Rob Varner says it is customary to keep a superintendent's contract expiration date three years ahead.

The vote follows the superintendent's annual review in which he received very high marks in every category. Some of the positive comments dealt specifically with the superintendent's planning and communication style, both within the district and outside of it. 

Board members were also impressed with the actions the superintendent has already taken on his 120-day assessment of the district.

"I'm certainly going to work to instill that trust they placed in me, and do the best job I possibly can every day on behalf of our district and its students,” Superintendent Lewis said.

Also mentioned at the meeting was an explanation of how the district is spending the extra money it receives from the state sales tax. Increased revenue and some projects running under budget have contributed to an additional $4 million the district was not expecting to have.

"We are continuing to utilize the funding we had from our SPLOST, that was a big point of this evening, and to ensure that we are fulfilling the commitment the board and this district has made to utilize those dollars efficiently and the way it was intended," Superintendent Lewis said.

The board voted to start work on security upgrades, improvement of athletic facilities, Jordan auditorium and new equipment and furniture.

At the same time the district independently found new money, the state took away an amount of funding almost equal to what they gained. It's part of a plan to spread money across Georgia school districts that are considered to be more in need than Muscogee County.

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