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Montgomery BOE Trys Again
Monday, 31 January 2011

ImageDr. Charles Warnock, center, is welcomed to his new job by Emmit Warnock and Betty Bivins.

January 31--  For the second time in as many weeks, the Montgomery County school board has named an interim school superintendent.

Last week Dr. Larry Danel from Laurens County took the job and changed his mind a day later after receiving threatening telephone calls from supposed malcontents in Montgomery County.

The new selectee, 69-year-old Dr. Charles Warnock of Dublin, says he won't be intimidated.

"That sort of thing doesn't bother me or intimidate me.  I think I know how to be a good school man.  I'm just going to do the best I can and I'm not going to let anyone run me off, I'm just not that kind of person.  If they don't want me here, they can tell me 'there's the door,' but that kind of thing doesn't bother me," he said.

Dr. Warnock was the superintendent in Vidalia in 1989-90 and later was superintendent for the Dublin city schools.

He knows his biggest challenge is helping the school system survive the financial crunch facing all of Georgia's schools.  "School finance in Georgia has been taking a beating lately.  We've got to do as much as we can with what little bit we've got.  That's a concern this school board has and I intend to do the grunt work and crunch the numbers and see what we've got to do.  You've got to do that and still try to maintain quality in the classroom for the kids," Dr. Warnock said.

School board chairperson Deloris James is appealing to county citizens to support the school system.

"It is paramount that everybody support Dr. Warnock.  Working together we can make things happen in Montgomery County.  Some of the decisions that we have to make as a board, and that Dr. Warnock recommends, will not be the easiest decisions, but I think the decisions we make will be in the best interest of the entire county," James said.

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