PERRY -- After serving on the Houston County Board of Education for more than a decade, Chairman Tom Walmer is stepping down, he announced Saturday. His last board meeting will be Tuesday,
Walmer has served on the board for the past 11 years after initially stepping in when a former board member resigned. This is his fifth year as chairman.
Walmer remembers those initial years as chairman, especially the amount of learning that took place.
Its a huge learning curve, he said.
Walmer announced his resignation during an emotional end to Saturdays board of education retreat. Fellow board members and school officials gave Walmer a teary-eyed standing ovation. Walmer said he is resigning due to personal reasons concerning his employment.
Under Toms leadership as chairman, keeping us together, handling things the way hes handled them, its made it worthwhile, board member Fred Wilson said. And Ive been glad to come to board meetings.
Vice Chairman Marianne Melnick called Walmer a respected leader and a good mentor.
Ive been so blessed to serve with you, she said. You are a good leader, and you keep this board on track.
Melnick will take over Walmers duties as chairman, and the board will be charged with appointing someone to take his seat on the board until next years elections, Walmer said.
As they spoke about Walmer, school officials and board members agreed that they will be hard shoes to fill.
In 30-plus years, Ive never been around a better board member, Superintendent Robin Hines said. Ive never seen anybody who made decisions and studied the way Tom has. Hes been a great chair. He has led this board in such a professional way.
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