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Lee School Board to initiate planning talks

From left, Lee County Board of Education members Greg Duke, Robert Clay, Sylvia Vann and Louis Hatcher visit prior to Monday night's school board meeting.

From left, Lee County Board of Education members Greg Duke, Robert Clay, Sylvia Vann and Louis Hatcher visit prior to Monday night's school board meeting.

LEESBURG -- Although they lacked specifics and spoke mostly in generalities, Lee County Board of Education members planned to further discuss board goals at Monday night's work session meeting.

The board also talked about starting the process of looking into a new strategic plan for the school system in the near future. The Georgia School Boards Association requires that school board have an updated strategic plan in place by 2013.

"This needs to start right away," Chair Sylvia Vann said.

Utilizing a 20-page form supplied the GSBA, Vann and other board members Robert Clay, Greg Duke, Louis Hatcher and Frank Griffin went over the checklist to assess their performance.

The first part of the preliminary self-assessment was titled "Vision/Philosophy/Goals." The next portion of the form was called "Systematic Improvement."

"There's always room for improvement," Vann said. "We absolutely meet our professional training (requirements) and do self-evaluations every year."

Vann also suggested having a board retreat in the future, but to make it a more formal setting than at the board office's back meeting room. The location of the retreat could be in one of the school system's libraries. Gary Kelley, assistant superintendent of business and financial services, later suggested possibly having a retreat at one of the Lee County library branches.

Later in the meeting, board members briefly talked about organizational structure. They also planned to look at the form that is used to evaluate school system principals and teachers. Board members also talked about some of their goals for the board and planned to further discuss them at an upcoming meeting.

Lee County Superintendent Lawrence Walters was absent from the meeting and Assistant Superintendent Mike Davis was there in his place. Hosted by the United States Special Operations Command, Walters is participating this week in the 79th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Walters was one of only 30 civilian leaders across the country to be invited to the conference and was the only Georgian, Davis said.

The conference aims to provide Walters with a rare glimpse into the U.S. military and a better understanding of national defense issues. Walters was nominated to attend the conference by Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

Last May, Albany State University President Everette Freeman and Dougherty County School System Superintendent Sally Whatley participated the 77th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.