Rodgers named BOE head

Published 12:22 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Members of the Covington County School Board elected a new president and vice president on Tuesday.

Jimmy Rodgers was elected president and Sonny Thomasson will serve as vice president.

Jeff Bailey has served for the last two years.

“I have enjoyed this time as vice president and president,” he said.

Rodgers said he appreciated the confidence placed on him by his peers.

“We all work well together,” he said.

Thomasson, who is serving his first term, said he has learned a lot during his tenure, but said he still has a lot to learn.

In other business, the board:

• approved continuous improvement plans for the schools. Superintendent Shannon Driver said that a lot of effort had gone into those and a lot of hours had as well. Driver said the focus was on reading, math, strategic teaching and intervention plans.

• gave authorization to seek banking services, if needed;

• employed Kerry Bennett Alexander as a special education paraprofessional.

• Heard from Ressie Gray, chief financial officer, about the year-end financials. Gray said that sales tax disbursements were up $112,813 over last fiscal year and that ad valorem disbursements were down $56,162 from last year.

“I really feel like we had a good, clean finish,” she said.