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Burns Successor Named to BOE
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

February 3--  The Montgomery County grand jury has named a Tarrytown man to the county school board.  Henry Price will occupy the District One seat vacated by the death of Monty Burns.  Price ran unsuccessfully against Burns in the November election.  He has four children in the school system and will serve at least until the next county general election in November 2010.  Whomever wins the election will complete Burns' four-year term which expires in 2012.

Price attended his first school board meeting Monday night and witnessed a recognition ceremony honoring Burns' service to students and staff of Montgomery County schools.

Monty Burns family, wife Cornelia (left) and son Josh (right) accept a memorial photo from Dr. Lynn Batten (center).

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten informed the school board he thinks its possible to prepare a school budget for next year without having to fire any personnel.  He says he'll have to cut almost $300,000 in spending in order to balance the budget.  Options include a five percent across the board cut in operating expenses, a three-day furlough for employees, deferring maintenance projects and the purchase of buses, furniture and equipment.

If that's not enough, Dr. Batten told the board nearly $250,000 could be saved by cutting five-and-a-half positions including four teachers and the balance from the central office.

The school board also approved a resolution to the state Department of Education which could lead to the construction of a new middle school and high school as part of a five-year facilities improvement plan.  Dr. Batten said local funds for the project would have to be approved by a bond referendum.  The bonds would be paid for through a special purpose one percent local option sales tax for education.

School board chairman Randall Morris was named to represent Montgomery County on the board of the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy at Southeastern Tech.

Montgomery School Board Recognition


Dianne Posey (r) accepts recognition award from Dr. Lynn Batten for Excellence in Educating Students With Disabilities.

MCHS cornerback JaMichael Snead is recognized for making the Heart of Georgia All-Star First Team. (L-R) Dr. Lynn Batten, JaMichael, his mom, Yveka, and dad, Craig.


The Middle School Girl's Basketball Team is recognized for winning the Oconee River Middle School Championship.


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