Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

June 4, 2006

Two Lanier BOE resignations offered

LAKELAND — At least two members of the Lanier County Board of Education believe it will take wiping the slate clean and starting over with a blank one to wake the Lanier County School System from its accreditation nightmare.

Erlish Locklear, District 1, and Randy Sirmans, District 4, presented letters of resignation to Lanier County Board of Education Chairman Phillip Connell during a special Friday meeting. At the same time, they also asked for his resignation and that of Heath Wolford, District 2, and Bob Rice, District 3.

“We laid our resignations on the table,” Sirmans said via telephone from his home Sunday afternoon. “However, our resignations were contingent on them resigning as well, which they refused to do. I don’t really know what’s going to happen at this point.”

While Locklear and Sirmans were busy trying to correct an ever-worsening situation in Lakeland, the editorial board of The Valdosta Daily Times was doing the same. On its opinion pages Saturday, the newspaper called for the five members of the Lanier County Board of Education to step aside and allow the rebuilding process to begin.

“We felt like we needed to make a statement, like we needed to stand up for everything right with the Lanier County School System,” Sirmans said. “We were hoping that maybe an interim board could be appointed to come in and establish a little peace. Our county is filled with so much controversy, so much talk, right now. It just needs to stop.”

Initial investigation conducted

In October 2005, the Lanier County School System was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. A SACS CASI special review team noted such action was necessary for the rest of the 2005-06 academic year due to violations of the accrediting body’s governance standards.

Text Only
Local News
  • Senate Georgia_Stew.jpg Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • County OKs $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment

    By a divided vote, the Lowndes County Commission approved spending $1,638,000 to purchase two pieces of equipment to improve the county’s water quality as per an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

    July 23, 2014

  • Baytree Animal Hospital LB copy.JPG Animal hospital named Business of the Week

    Baytree Animal Hospital was named Leading Business of the Week by the  Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce for July 14.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gavel-courtroom.jpg Water treatment plant discussed

    The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners discussed purchasing two pieces of equipment for the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant and the Spring Creek System for a total of $1,638,000 during its Monday work session and is expected to vote on the issue tonight.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • education.jpg Charter school petition denied

    Both the Valdosta City and Lowndes County school boards unanimously denied the joint charter petition from Scintilla Charter Academy during their respective meetings Monday evening.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • echols_alapapa.jpg WWALS gets grant from river network

    The Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) received a $500 Alapaha Water Trail Grant from the Georgia River Network

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140718-ARJim2.jpg Teacher at home anywhere in the world

    Variety is the spice of life. South Georgia is home to a diverse group of people, each with a unique life story. One man with glorious tales of travel and selfless volunteer work is Jim Kokoruda.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • fire2a.jpg Blaze damages North Lowndes home

    Lowndes County Fire Rescue responded to a fire call Sunday at 3756 Cross Creek Circle near Bemiss Road.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140719-KidsInc3 copy.jpg Kids get a taste of retail operations

    Valdosta Mall shoppers may have noticed a few additional shopping options Saturday as they walked through center court.
    Children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old set up booths and sold products to consumers.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140719-UnseenProject7 copy.jpg CrossPointe welcomes ‘Unseen’ travelers home

    CrossPointe Church members gathered Saturday to greet their pastor and fellow congregationalists returning from a filmed two-month-long motorcycle trip across the nation and back.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results