County commissioners Rhonda Wallace, Larry Maxey and Scotty Hancock were sworn on Tuesday to their new terms on the Floyd County Board of Commissioners by Probate Judge Steve Burkhalter. All were on the ballot in the 2018 election. Hancock last month was elected chair of the county commission with Wright Bagby serving as vice chair.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission approved the Jail Medical Project—Phase 1, Training Center Building Construction—to be managed by the Sheriff’s Office staff and maintenance personnel to include inmate labor in the budgeted amount of $550,000.
Faith Collins and Jill Fisher have been elected to serve as chair and vice chair of the Rome City Schools Board of Education for the 2019 school year. This is Collins’ third consecutive year serving as chair, and Fisher served as vice chair since 2018.
Rome City Schools has named Rome High School Assistant Principal Felisha Jackson as the interim principal for Anna K. Davie Elementary School. Jackson will assume administrative duties on Jan. 9. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s from Georgia Southern University in Criminal Justice, a Master’s from Troy State University in Public Administration, an Ed.S from Nova Southeastern University in Curriculum Instruction, Management and Administration, and is pursuing a PhD/EdD from Nova Southeastern University in Instructional Leadership. She has served at the elementary and middle school levels as an educator in Special Education for ten years in the Newton and Rockdale County School Systems. “Mrs. Jackson has an extensive background in curriculum and special education,” said Rome City Schools Superintendent Louis Byars. “I feel confident that her knowledge, along with her experience in school leadership, will be beneficial during this transition.” The 2019-2020 position of principal for Anna K. Davie Elementary School will remain posted on theteachgeorgia.org website and a decision will be made during the March Board of Education meeting.
- Jackson replaces Dr. Clifton Nicholson, hired in June 2017 to serve as the principal of Anna K. Davie Elementary, who resigned in mid December. Nicholson replaced Parke Wilkinson who was named principal at Rome Middle School. No reason was given for the Christmas break departure other than “personal reasons.”
Recent Berry College graduate Ashley Ray has joined the Coosa River Basin Initiative as Outreach Coordinator. A Chattanooga native, Ray previously served as a Crew Member for the Southeast Conservation Corp. in Chattanooga, where she spent several months building and restoring trail systems along the Hiwassee River to prevent excess rainwater runoff.
She is a 2015 graduate of Berry College, where she studied Environmental Science. She is currently seeking a Masters in Business Administration at Berry College, through which she has discovered a passion for marketing.
As Outreach Coordinator, she will be responsible for acting as a liaison between CRBI and local communities to promote CRBI efforts; develop and lead educational programs; plan and coordinate events; and promote CRBI’s online and social media presence.
“I’ve always wanted to be on the front lines of protecting our water so this is a dream job for me,” Ray said. “I’m looking forward to working with Coosa River communities to make a difference for our drinking water.”
As Ray joins the organization, Advocacy and Communication Coordinator and former Executive Director Joe Cook is stepping down from his position. Cook leaves the organization after nearly two decades of involvement, including 10 years serving as Executive Director, to pursue his work with Georgia River Network. Cook organizes the organization’s annual Paddle Georgia event, a week-long canoe and kayak adventure, and is also producing a series of river guidebooks.
“My years at CRBI have shown me the power of the people in our Coosa River communities,” Cook said. “It has been an inspiration seeing citizens stand up for what they believe in and create change.”
Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman will continue to lead the organization as Executive Director and Rivekeeper. “We’re excited to have Ashley on board and the energy that she brings to the organization,” he said. “I can’t overstate our gratitude for Joe and the years of service he has given to this organization.”