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August 27--  After meeting several hours in executive session, the Toombs County school board is still considering its options in the selection of a successor to retiring school superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley.

Five finalists were announced August 6th.  Dr. Brantley says the board is being "very deliberate" with the decision and it may not be announced until the board holds its next regular meeting September 13, if then.

Meanwhile, the board has approved downsizing of the new Toombs County High School in order to make more money available for building a new Toombs Central Elementary School.  

New plans for the high school call for 173,000 square feet, a reduction of 37,000 square feet which is expected to save more than $4 million in construction costs.

The board has also received a revised Toombs County tax digest from the county tax assessor which may call for an adjustment to the county's school tax millage rate.  A school board meeting which had been scheduled for August 30 to set the mil rate has been cancelled and a new date will be announced later, according to Dr. Brantley.