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3 new members elected to Muscogee County BOE

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After a major upset victory on the Muscogee County school board, newly elected member John Thomas is looking forward to the future by helping students across the district. In a 80-20 landslide, a political newcomer soundly defeated John Wells, who has served on the school board for 28 years. John Thomas says the election result show the voters wanted a change and he hopes to be an essential part of it. He is just 1 of 3 new members who will bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the board starting this January.

John Thomas, Frank Myers and Kia Chambers will soon serve the Muscogee County school board as representatives for district 2, district 8 and the at-large seat. Some incoming members tell me they're proposing some big changes.

"The 21st century is just rocketing by us right now and I feel like the board is still doing things in a 20th century way," said Thomas.

The most pressing change newcomer John Thomas wants to see was his major campaign promise, a top to bottom audit of the school district.

"Especially when you've got a building like this that's gone up and children don't have books to take home to do homework," said Thomas.

Thomas says he wants to look at where every dollar is being spent to restore the trust with the public. Newly elected district 8 representative Frank Myers says the biggest challenge he expects to face is dealing with the status quo.

"It seems to me the emphasis of the school board over the years has turned from educating kids to building buildings and having people to do jobs that don't impact our kids education and I want to see that change," said Frank Myers.

Another major push for both of these newly elected board members is no-bid contracts. Myers has been an outspoken opponent of the contracts and Thomas says it's time for them to end.

"We have no idea how much money we could be saving if we had a more efficient bid process," said Thomas.

Kia Chambers will serve as the sole at-large representative of the 9 member board. The former education has said she'll focus on what is best for students, what is fair, and what is fiscally responsible. Chambers says she is eager to get started and is looking forward to the opportunity to make the school system great.

The newly elected board members will spend time learning the ins and outs of the school district and attend seminars before they take over their roles in January.

Naomi Keitt

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

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