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Muscogee County school board attends mandatory training seminar

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The Muscogee County school board met Monday for their annual governance team training.

The three hour session was mandated by Georgia Law and provided free of charge from the Georgia School Board Association.

Each school board member completed an anonymous self assessment in preparation for the session. The results were presented and discussed.

"Anytime any organization that takes it upon themselves, mandatory or not, to go through a self assessment is healthy," said school board Chairperson, Rob Varner.

Questions on the assessment ranged from how well the board follows policy to how well they settle disputes. Varner said the results show that it's clear the group has some things to work on.

"Communication, that seems to be an area at this point where we are showing a little bit of weakness, but that is not a surprise," added Varner.

Interim Superintendent Dr. John Phillips said with some new faces on the board, it's good to bring everyone up to speed.

"The understanding of actually what their purpose and responsibilities are, and the code of ethics for board members is very important," explained Phillips.

The representative from the Georgia School Board's Association told the group to "have a backbone" when it comes to ethics among school board members and to speak out against any unethical behavior. She also reminded them that the board is not, "I" or "them," it's "we," something Dr. Phillips said he agrees with.

"We need to make sure that the superintendent, the administration, and the board work together in the best interest of the school district."

The next step after the session is School Board Association will decide specifically what weaknesses need to addressed and they will hold future workshops or seminars to help the board grow.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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