COLQUITT, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed an executive order naming five replacements to the Miller County School Board. The appointees are to serve the remainder of the terms of office of the board members they are replacing.
Deal named Monica Posey to Post 1 (replacing Chairman Leroy Bush), Craig Tully to Post 2 (replacing Bob Eldridge), J.C. “Buddy” Johnson to Post 3 (replacing David Lovering), Richard W. Little to Post 4 (replacing Renza Isreal) and Billy W. Roland to Post 5 (replacing Terry Pickle).
Bush won re-election to Post 1 in the Democratic primary and has no GOP opposition in the general election. His current term expires on Dec. 31.
Lovering’s and Pickles’ terms also expire on Dec. 31. Johnson, a Republican, will face Stacy Sheffield, a Democrat, for the Post 3 seat, while Roland, a Republican, is running unopposed for Post 5 in the Nov. 6 elections.
Eldridge’s and Israel’s terms were to expire on Dec. 31, 2014.
All the replacements are from Colquitt.
In early April, the District was placed on probation by a SACS accreditation committee, largely due to in-fighting on what was called a “dysfunctional” school board.
Weeks later, the Georgia Board of Education recommended that the governor remove and replace all five members of the Board.
Deal then dissolved the entire board and named a committee of educational professionals to recommend replacements.