Houston school board looks for new member

PERRY — The Houston County school board put in motion Tuesday the process to fill the board seat of former member Pamela Greenway, who died March 29.

Chairman Tom Walmer suggested that the board take letters of interest from residents of District 5 in Warner Robins, with a deadline of April 30. The district covers David Perdue Elementary, David Perdue Primary, Houston County High, Bonaire Elementary, Bonaire Middle, Russell Elementary, Hilltop Elementary and Miller Elementary schools.

Letters, along with a résumé, should be mailed to the attention of Walmer at the central office in Perry.

Criteria will include the résumé and the applicant’s school and community involvement, as well as community support, Walmer said.

Depending on the number of applications, he said, the board looks to pick a candidate for approval at its regular meeting May 12. At the latest, the goal is to have a person take office before the board’s regular meeting June 9.

The person selected would serve until the next countywide election in July 2010. The person elected at that time would serve the remainder of Greenway’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2012.

“We don’t want to rush this,” Walmer said, but he added the number of applications would be a factor. The Houston County Board of Elections would certify that the applicant lives within the district boundaries, he said.

At the suggestion of Vice Chairman Toby Hill, a map of District 5 is available on the board’s Web site, Board member Skip Dawkins also noted that the Georgia School Boards Association Web site,, has a link to the responsibilities of a school board member, and training for new board members will take place June 10-11 at the association’s summer meeting in Savannah.

To contact writer Jake Jacobs call 923-6199, extension 305.