Big changes at MES this fall

Lesa Brown

The Metter Elementary School family will have a complete change of administration next fall with the resignation of Principal Lesa Brown and the retirement of Assistant Principal Lori McGowan.

The announcement was made by Superintendent Dr. Bubba Longgrear during the regularly scheduled monthly Candler County Board of Education meeting.

“As you all know, Metter Elementary School is going to be undergoing some major transformations,” said Dr. Longgrear.

“Ms. Lesa Brown has the opportunity to do something really good, and it fits her to a T. She’s been a principal in this district for over 15 years,” he continued. 

Lori McGowan, a dedicated employee of 29 years, said “My years with this school district have been such a blessing to me. It has provided me great joy and purpose. 

“There has been ‘joy in the journey.’ I am grateful to many for all the support and opportunities through the years.”

After retirement, McGowan plans to enjoy her family and grandchildren and spend time on the family farm.

The principal position is currently being advertised, and they are accepting applications. The board will interview both internal and external candidates and make a recommendation.

Thursday’s board meeting began with a recognition from “Ed G. Cation,” a representative sent by Governor Brian Kemp to send his appreciation to the members of the board during National School Board Appreciation Week. 

During the action items section of the meeting, surplus equipment items were approved to move forward with the bidding process. Sealed bids will be opened on March 26 at 9 a.m.

The board has also received funding for two more buses, which will help update the fleet for the third time this fiscal year. 

An athletic supplement incentive program was approved. The program rewards coaches for milestone victories.

“Basically, if you’re coaching a team that wins the region, you receive an additional 33% of your supplement, which you get for coaching. Region championships are hard to come by. Historical data shows that. If you win the semifinals, your total stipend is increased by 50%, and if you win the state, it’s 100% of your stipend,” said Dr. Longgrear.

He continued, “Not only is it rewarding the coach for their time spent on task, but also to attract and retain the best coaches with us.”

After, Johnny Vines was appointed as the delegate for the Georgia School Board Association, and Jason Douglas was appointed as the alternative. Vines was also appointed as the legislative liaison. 

In other news …

• The following certified personnel were considered for employment for FY 2022: Dr. CaDeisha Cooper, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum, Professional Learning, Federal Program Director; Dr. John Jordan, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education, Response to Intervention, and Testing; Dr. Robbie Dollar, Metter College and Career Academy Principal; Ellis Strobridge, MHS Principal; Will Thigpen, MMS Principal; Lindsey Blocker, MMS Teacher.

• The following personnel resignations/terminations/retirements were accepted: Gloria Davis, Custodial Substitute; Jaycee Groover, Custodial; Lashonda Spann, Custodial.

• The following staff members retirements/resignations at the end of the 2020-2021 school year were accepted: Tara Brooks, MES Teacher; Lesa Brown, MES Principal; Jodie Kemp, MES Art Teacher; Lori McGowan, MES Assistant Principal; Madison Davis, MMS Teacher; Alton West, MMS/MHS Teacher; Daniel Flowers, MHS Teacher.

• The General Fund and School Nutrition Financial Reports were both approves.

•Board minutes for February were approved.

•All fundraisers were approved.

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