Retiring Houston superintendent attends last board meeting

alopez@macon.comMay 13, 2014 

PERRY -- Stepping down at the end of May, Superintendent Robin Hines addressed those at his last regular school board meeting Tuesday. He thanked the many people he worked with during his time in Houston County.

“I love this school system,” Hines said.

Several representatives of schools in the district received standing ovations at the regular meeting held at the board office in Perry, including the Houston County Sharks adapted sports team and gifted and talented program oratorical contest winners. The board thanked Marlys and Jack McMeans for decades of volunteer work.

The married couple of Warner Robins spent most of that time volunteering at Northside High School, Hines said -- Marlys sewing costumes for theater productions and Jack helping students in science labs.

After recognizing visiting principals, teachers and students, the board moved quickly through its agenda.

In a major personnel change approved by the board, Cindy Flesher, assistant superintendent for school operations, will move to a newly created position titled deputy superintendent for administrative services, effective June 1. Flesher’s new position will require she serve as the district’s chief of staff, according to the modified job description approved in April, and will replace the position of assistant superintendent of human resources, which was last held by incoming superintendent Mark Scott.

Also, board members voted 6-0 to approve the purchase of accounting software to be used in human resources, budgeting, school nutrition and purchasing, among other areas. The district will pay about $1.3 million for the Munis Financial System from Tyler Technologies.

Though not discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, the public will have two opportunities to participate in a “shared decision-making forum” hosted by the school board later this month.

One forum will be held 6-7 p.m. May 27 at Linwood at C.B. Watson Primary, 61 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Warner Robins, and the other will be held 6-7 p.m. May 28 at the school board office, 1100 Main St., Perry. Attendees will hear about federal programs, system achievement and the budget, and will be able to ask questions and comment.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez call 478-256-9751.

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