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January 16--  The Toombs County school board met last Thursday and re-elected Russ  Benton Vice-Chairman.  Here are excerpts from the minutes of the meeting provided by School Superintendent Richard Smith.

"During the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Smith presented information to the board from Governor Deal’s State of the State Address earlier in the week as it related to education. The Governor announced he has budgeted a 2% pay raise for teachers in the state salary schedule. This is different than the way he proposed the funds last spring. If this happens, it will be the first salary scale raise for educators since the 2008 school year. An increase has also been proposed to the employer portion of the State Health Benefit Plan insurance premium. This will make the third straight year of an increase in the employer premiums."

"On a motion by Mr. Benton, seconded by Mr. Akins, the board approved the following personnel recommendations:

Employment Recommendation: Greg Thompson, Bus Driver.

Retirement Notice for the end of the current year: Terry Conner, TCES Media Specialist; Dana Faircloth, LPS Teacher.

Resignations: Rachel Ford, TCHS Teacher; Lydia Stone, LPS Teacher, and Schlonda Phillips, TCHS Teacher, all effective at the end of the current school year; Casey Story, TCHS Food Service worker.