Superintendent Geneva Braziel conducted her last school board meeting and welcomed new superintendent Dr. Noris Price to Baldwin County. Price was on hand for Tuesday’s meeting, where the board approved the recommendation for Price to fill the position of superintendent.
Price previously served on the Superintendent Administrative Team of the Clarke County School District in Athens.
According to John Jackson, school board chairman, District 4, the final decision to hire Price came down to her experience in public education and her ability to build relationships between the schools and the community.
"As a board we really valued the years of experience Dr. Price has in public education and her past achievements in building community relationships in the local community where she worked."
Price says she intends to continue progressing the school district.
"I plan to take this school district and build upon the strong foundation that Mrs. Braziel has already created," she said.
She thanked the board for putting its trust in her to be the new superintendent and she says she is looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
Board members expressed their appreciation for Braziel in her years as superintendent. She has served two terms as superintendent of the district.
"As a board chairman I'm going to miss Braziel's leadership, fairness, level headedness and her amazing smile," Jackson said.
In Braziel's final words to both the board and the community, she thanked the school board for its continued support through her years as superintendent and encouraged school faculty and community members to do the same for Price.
"Thank you so much for all the support you've given me. I've enjoyed the collaborative effort between the school board, the community and the schools in providing the needs for our children. I know you all will give Dr. Price the same level of collaboration as the district continues to move forward."
The process of choosing a new superintendent was a tedious one, but Jackson is very pleased with both the ending results and the support from the community.
"During the process we received valuable input and guidance from the community that demonstrated the community's continued support for the board."
He added that he feels fortunate to have such a dedicated community and is looking forward to working with Price.
In other school board business the board:
• recognized Partners in Education representatives with certificates;
• approved June 2014 personnel recommendations;
• approved the financial reports for the period ending May 31;
• approved financial reports for the Head Start/Early Learning Center for the period ending May 31;
• approved the final budget for FY2015;
• approved GSBA insurance renewal authorization;
• approved moving the date of a work session and school board meeting from July 7 and July 8 to July 14 and July 15;
• approved the use of a bus request from the Boys & Girls Club of Baldwin and Jones County for field trips to the skating rink on Fridays;
• approved textbook purchases in the amount of $314,567.27; and
• approved sales and use tax fund report for the period ending May 31.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the board held a reception in Braziel's honor.