Gary Rentz has served as the at-large representative on the Brooks County Board of Education for 10 years.
“I had four kids in our schools and I was concerned like any parent,” Rentz said. “So, I wanted to do my best to help not just my kids but all of them.”
Rentz resigned as mayor of Morven to serve on the board of education.
“I wanted to see our schools improve, not just our image improve,” Rentz said. “Our schools were good, but our image was bad, so we’ve done a lot of work in that area to improve both our schools and our image.”
Rentz, 58, wants to continue to serve so he can play an active role in seeing the students do better and better.
“I stressed education for my children, and as a board member I tried to do the same thing to make sure all kids have the same opportunity to be successful in their lives,” Rentz said.
These are tough times for educational institutions with the budget cuts being handed down by the state, he said.
The need to give the best education while protecting the interests of the taxpayers is a concern, Rentz said.
“I am a taxpayer myself and I know the burden that we all face,” Rentz said.
Even when faced with these issues, the board of education must work to continue to provide the very best education to students, in the very best environment possible.
“That’s what I want for my kids and all the kids,” he said.
Rentz has lived in Brooks County his whole life. He graduated from the Brooks County School System and Valdosta State College.
He worked for 34 years as supervisor of inspectors for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. He retired in 2005.
Rentz has owned honey bees since he was 22 and currently runs a honey bee pollination business. He is a member of Pauline Baptist Church and all four of his children attended the Brooks County School System.