PERRY -- Jim Maddox reflected on the empty chair across from him during Tuesdays Houston County Board of Education meeting. He said he felt like he left his house without his cellphone.
When you miss something, it doesnt feel right, said Maddox, District 6 at-large board member.
Tuesday was the first regular meeting since board member Dave McMahans resignation last month.
Maddox said having McMahan on the board was like having a living history book and recalled reviewing a recent contract change for a renovation project with him.
I fear that if Dave had not been around, we probably would have made a bad decision, Maddox said.
Maddox will not be running for re-election in May, and he said his decision was influenced by the health and stability of the board. Had he known earlier that McMahan would be leaving, he may have reconsidered, he said.
Board member Fred Wilson also took time during the meeting to express gratitude for McMahans service.
Despite the empty chair, the meeting, held at the school board office in Perry, ran smoothly. Board members passed all action items with unanimous votes, including a class size waiver resolution, a farm lease agreement and a revision of school policy outlining five-year rotations for employee background checks and fingerprinting.
Superintendent Robin Hines thanked Stephen Thublin, assistant superintendent of business and finance, for overseeing a financial audit of the system that recently came back free of issues.
After undergoing the yearly audit last fall, the superintendent and board chairwoman Marianne Melnick met with Thublin and the state auditor last week for a post-audit conference. The school district will receive a copy of the audit and make it available on its website, Thublin said.
We are very proud of our results and really what our board and Dr. Hines have done since theyve been in office, Thublin said.
Melnick reminded the teachers, administrators, students and parents gathered that next week is School Board Appreciation Week in the state.
I cant tell you how much I appreciate our past and present board members, Melnick said.
To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.