MILLEDGEVILLE — When Lyn Chandler was welcomed to the Baldwin County Board of Education last year, his goal was to work diligently to address challenges facing the school system and his District 3 constituents.
Chandler said his first year on the school board has “been a good experience.”
“I have enjoyed getting to know the other board members. We’ve had some challenges we’ve met,” he said. “We have really come together as a team to work toward a better school system.”
Among a few issues Chandler plans to continue his focus on during his tenure on the school board is the high school drop out rate, school safety and having a balanced budget. Baldwin High School’s 2013 graduation rate increased by 2 percent compared to the previous year — from 62.8 percent in 2012 to 64.8 percent in 2013.
“I’m pleased our graduation rate improved; that’s good and that shows we’re moving in the right direction. We will continue to work to improve our overall graduation rate,” Chandler said. “I also hope we will be able to put together a balanced budget and maintain it. I fought about the changes we’ve made about the purchasing policy. We also have more public input than we have had before, which has been a group decision.”
The Georgia School Boards Association is in the early stages of conducting the initial search and evaluation for a new school superintendent for the Baldwin County school system, and a public forum will soon be held to receive input from the community on the characteristics it would like to see in the new superintendent.
“I think our single largest challenge right now is to get a good superintendent. We need to make sure we get a person who can make this community work together toward the best system we have here as we move forward,” Chandler said. “After we get community input, then we can develop criteria in the selection process. The plan right now is to open the application period by the end of January.”
Chandler retired as the Baldwin High School principal in 2009 after serving 27 years in the education field.
He is also a past president of the Milledgeville Rotary Club. Chandler has served as chairman on the board of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber Education Committee, the United Way of Central Georgia, and the Certified Work Ready Board. Chandler is involved with the Milledgeville Housing Authority, the local Communities in Schools and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
“I’m looking forward to another year on the school board; it’s exciting,” he said. “A lot of things are happening, and I think it’s going to be a great year.”
The school board will hold its first meeting of the New Year at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the board office.