Sherrye & Leonard Battle.jpg

Monroe County Board of Education appointed Sherrye Battle to fulfill the remainder of J.P. Evans’ term on the board as the representative of District 1. Battle took the oath of office and assumed her seat on the board at the beginning of the regular board meeting on June 14.

Evans served as the District 1 representative on the Board of Education for 43 years until he passed away in March. BOE chair Dr. Priscilla Doster said that the Georgia Code required the board to appoint someone to fill the seat because of the amount of time remaining on Evans’ term. Evans’ term will end on Dec. 31. Doster said the board felt it was too awkward to appoint someone before the nonpartisan election on May 24 decided who would fill the seat beginning Jan. 1. Battle was elected to represent District 1 for four years beginning Jan. 1.

BOE member Greg Head said that in recognition of Evans’ many years on the board and out of deference to Evans’ family he would like to leave the District 1 seat on the board open through the remainder of Evans’ term. Doster said that Georgia law says the board should appoint someone.

BOE member Eva Bilderback said that she has said in BOE meetings repeatedly that she doesn’t think it is good practice to approve appointments or to discuss the appointing, hiring or promoting of anyone during a meeting while that person is sitting in the audience. She said she has no problem with Battle being appointed to the District 1 position but felt that she had to try once again to get that point across.

Doster asked for a motion to make an appointment to fill the District 1 vacancy. Stuart Pippin made the motion, which was seconded by Nolen Howard. Pippin then motioned to appoint Battle to the position, which was seconded by Dr. Jeremy Goodwin. The motions passed, 4-2, with Head and Bilderback voting against them. 

Battle said she was willing at accept the appointment, and Judge Donna Robbins of Monroe County Probate Court administered the oath of office to Battle, including the Code of Ethics and the Conflict of Interest Policy. Battle then took her seat on the board for the remainder of the meeting. She represented Monroe County Retired Teachers Association in a message to Monroe County Schools’ retiring employees who were recognized later in the meeting.