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September 25--  Toombs County's new school superintendent took her oath of office Monday.

{mosimage}Dr. Kim Corley was sworn in by Toombs County Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld at the county school board office in Lyons.  A longtime teacher, staff member and school principal in the county school system, she succeeds veteran superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley who retired.

She takes the job only a few weeks before voters will decide in November if they want to approve an amendment to the state constitution allowing creation of a charter school system in Georgia.

The state has been unable to adequately fund public schools for years and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge is urging voters not to approve the amendment.

Dr. Corley agrees that now is not the time.

"I think until we can give teachers the materials they need and restore the calendars back to 180 days and fully fund what we need to fund, I'm very concerned about funds being diverted to support any other type of endeavor," she says.

"I'm certainly not opposed to the concept of charter schools.  We have a very successful one here that serves local systems around us, but I'm concerned about the amendment creating additonal charter schools and money being taken away from our local school system," she notes. 

Supporters of the amendment claim charter schools are needed to give students enrolled in below standard public schools a choice and a chance at a better education.