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June 27--  The Treutlen County Board of Education is hiring the Deputy School Superintendent from Liberty County to head the Treutlen school system.

School board chairman Alvin Heath says the board wants Dr. Cheryl Conley because she brings 23 years of experience to the school superintendent's office.

{mosimage}"She has just a lot of experience that we think we need.  She's going to have to wear many hats in our system and she's worn many hats down there, so we think she'll fit right in our system.

She wants to look at our budget and our allotment sheets and she thinks she can find us some money.  We can't wait for her to get hold of that," Health said.

Dr. Conley lives near Claxton and is a former special education teacher.  She's looking forward to working in a smaller school system.

"I just felt a calling to return to a smaller district.  With all the changes in education today, I really want to be in a system that is family oriented and where I can know the students and know the staff.  I think it's just an answer to a prayer,' she said.

The new superintendent says she believes in communication and urges parental involvement in the schools.

"I hope people will feel comfortable enough to come in and share things with me, the good, the bad and the ugly.  My style is, when there is a problem, you get in a room, you close the door, you put everybody in there that needs to be there, you work it out and then you shake hands and move forward.  I don't believe in holding grudges or personal agendas.  I think we have to do everyting for the kids," she believes.

Dr. Conley holds bachelors and masters degrees from Georgia Southern and a doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University.  She spent seven years at Bradwell Institute before moving to work with the Liberty County Board of Education.

She and her husband have two daughters and three grandchildren.