Monday, January 7, 2013
Tom Odom and Mike Burnette begin their service.
Dressed in suits and ties, Tom Odom and Mike Burnette raised their right hands at the onset of the Oconee County School Board meeting Monday to take their oaths of office. Odom succeeds David Weeks as chairman, and Burnette occupies post 4, formerly held by Mike Hunter. Returning member Wayne Bagley, post 5, was also sworn in. They will serve terms of four years that will end on Dec. 31, 2016. Probate Court Judge David Anglin presided over the brief ceremony as each promised to respect the position and act responsibly with taxpayers' money. Superintendent Dr. Jason Branch welcomed the new and returning members and said he's looking forward to working with the team. "I know that we all have the best interest of the kids at heart and I look…
The swearing-in ceremony is the first item on tonight's agenda.
The first official business of 2013 for the Oconee County Board of Education will be to welcome a new chairman and board member. Tom Odom and Mike Burnette will be administered the oath of office right before tonight's work session gets underway. Wayne Bagley, who was unopposed in his bid to stay on the board, will also be sworn in by Judge David Anglin. Here's what's on the agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting, according to the school system's website: I. OATH OF OFFICE II. CALL TO ORDER III. AGENDA APPROVAL IV. SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT V. PRESENTATIONS A. Teaching and Learning Report -- Georgia High School Writing Test Results, Rankings, SACS District Re-accreditation, Common Core Georgia Performance Standards B. OCES Workroom Copier Contract C…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Odom, the Oconee County Board of Education Chairman-elect, replaces J.R. Whitfield, who recently tendered his resignation Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Less than 24 hours after the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce announced J.R. Whitfield was stepping down as president to pursue a business venture, word came that the Board of Directors named veteran educator Tom Odom as a successor. A news release Wednesday stated that Odom assumes the position on an interim basis and will begin immediately for a seamless transition. “It was important to the Board that the Chamber continues its positive momentum," Chairman Mack Guest stated in the release. "Tom is the right person for the job.” Odom served as the Chamber chairman in 2001 and has served on various committees. He is the Oconee County Board of Education Chairman-elect. “I want to thank the board for having confidence in me to step in at …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Odom defeats Mike Hunter, who left his School Board seat to run for chairman.
Retired Oconee County principal Tom Odom has been elected chairman of the Oconee County Board of Education, according to unofficial returns. Odom defeated current board Vice Chairman Mike Hunter, who vacated his seat in order to run for chairman. Mike Burnette was unopposed in the open Post 4 seat. With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, Odom took 54 percent of the vote -- 4,643 votes to Hunter's 3,931. The results still need to be certified.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Current Board of Education Vice Chair Mike Hunter and retired principal Tom Odom discuss how they each propose to enhance education in the leadership role.
During a political forum held on June 14 at North Oconee High School, candidates for Chairman of the Oconee County Board of Education answered questions about a perceived bias among school board members, improvements in education, and how board members' public support of a particular candidate might play a part in the upcoming election. The forum was sponsored by the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce and moderated by journalist Tim Bryant of 1340 WGAU. Current Vice Chair Mike Hunter and retired principal Tom Odom hope to replace Chairman David Weeks, who announced in May that he would not seek re-election. Odom served in the Oconee County school system for 19 years as principal of Malcolm Bridge Middle School and Oconee County Middle …