MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County Board of Education interim Mike Couch of District 3 provided the school board and Superintendent Geneva Braziel with his letter of resignation Tuesday, effective Nov. 30.
“I made a commitment to the community that I would resign in the month of November,” Couch said. “I will be available until [Nov. 30] to perform any necessary duties associated with my office.”
Former Vice Chair Ray Markwalter served the district for 2 1/2 years before resigning in October 2011 due to recurring health problems. Among the District 3 candidates who openly expressed an interest in filling the spot and serving out the remainder of Markwalter’s term were former Baldwin High School Principal Lyn Chandler, Couch, now the former Milledgeville city planner, and educators Louise Austin and Mike Screws, both of whom previously ran for the post against Markwalter in 2008. The school board appointed Couch to the seat at a called meeting last November.
“My time with you has been personally and professionally rewarding and has only solidified my understanding of the challenges public education faces day-to-day,” Couch said in his resignation letter. “To the staff and superintendent, thanks for your patience and understanding of one, as I, who probably asked too many questions. I commend you for your dedication and commitment; we in Baldwin County are fortunate to have professionals as all of you.”
On behalf of the school board, Chairman John Noah Jackson, District 4, said board members look forward to working with Couch in continuing to progress the school system and the Baldwin County community in the future.
“We thank Mr. Couch for his hard work and dedication he’s given to the Baldwin County school system. He’s been a productive member since day one and provided very insightful recommendations,” Jackson said following Tuesday’s meeting. “It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Couch over the last year.”