PICKENS CO., Ga – Pickens County Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Webb, effective immediately, during Dec. 20 called meeting.
Webb served in the same capacity three years ago after Dr. Lula Mae Perry resigned in December of 2016, after which he was interim from January to May 2017 until Dr. Carlton Wilson was hired by the local board.
FYN asked Board Chair Tucker Green when the school system would vote to open the search for a full-time superintendent, and he said in Jan. 2020.
After the Dec. 19 resignation of Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson, board members scheduled a 10 a.m. executive session to interview two candidates for the interim role. Some of those in attendance called the entire situation a “train wreck” and expressed frustrations with the board’s last-minute course of action.
The closed meeting lasted two hours with one candidate appearing in person, and the other, Webb, interviewing over the phone.
The board collectively decided to call Webb about the position because of his previous experience with Pickens County Schools. The other candidate had been referred to the board by an outside party.
Once exiting the executive session, Board Member Joeta Youngblood made the motion to appoint Webb as interim superintendent, and Steve Smith seconded. The entire board voted in favor of the new hire.
During more than 32 years in public and private education, Webb served as a teacher, coach, department chair, athletics director, assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, central staff administrator, and superintendent before retiring in 2008 after serving as superintendent for the Appling County Schools.
He served as Interim School Superintendent in Gilmer County during April-July 2015 and in Pickens County during January-May 2017.
As an independent consultant, he currently assists school districts and other organizations with strategic planning, board training, finance, team building and leadership development. He earned four degrees from Georgia Southern University, including the Doctor of Education degree in Education Administration. He was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa in 1993.
Earlier in his career, Webb was a successful football coach and athletic administrator. He was
enshrined in the Georgia Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2003. He also graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1997 and received the U.S. Army War College Foundation Award for Excellence in Research and Writing, the only award presented at graduation.
He retired as a Brigadier General in the Reserve of the United States Army after more than 32
years of military service as a citizen soldier. His service record includes several active duty tours and four
overseas assignments to Kuwait, Egypt, Norway and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
The Webb’s live in Statesboro, Georgia. He and his wife Lynda are members of the First
Presbyterian Church in Statesboro. He is an ordained elder and a graduate of the Savannah Presbytery
School of the Laity (2003-2005). He earned the Certificate in Theology and Ministry (CTM) from Princeton
Theological Seminary in 2015.
The reasoning behind Wilson’s resignation is still unclear. FYN confirmed in the Dec. 18 session, the board delivered the former superintendent an ultimatum to either “resign or be terminated.”
Notification about the Dec. 19 emergency meeting to accept Wilson’s resignation went out just 61 minutes before the start time. Georgia Law mandates that most called meetings provide 24-hour notice to allow the public to attend. However, if “special circumstances” are cited, then the meeting can forego the 24-hour requirement.
Board members Sue Finley and Smith voted against accepting Wilson’s resignation in the Dec. 19 meeting.
Wilson will be releasing a statement in the future to the public about his departure.
Pickens County Board of Education Regular Meeting July 14th 2016
The Pickens County School Board held a public hearing on March 17th regarding Pickens County School District’s Strategic Waivers School System Application and Contract.
The Pickens County School District held a public hearing Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. regarding its application and contract to become a Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS), one of the reform options available for Georgia’s K-12 public school systems. The hearing was held to seek public comments. Magistrate Judge of Pickens County Allen Wigington, his wife Rosemary Wigington, Chief Superior Court Judge Honorable Brenda Weaver, and Dr. Carlton Wilson addressed the Board regarding the Waivers. Judge Weaver requested the attendance waiver be removed and spoke passionately regarding the importance of children being in school. The Board and agreed and moved and passed a motion to remove the attendance waiver. After discussion and hearing the speakers the School Board voted to approve the application.
Two other local school systems made decisions on these issues long ago. Fannin County School System applied for Charter Status in October of 2014. Gilmer County became a Charter School system in 2014 as well. It appears the Pickens County Board of Education has waited a long time to make this decision.
The SWSS model (formerly known as Investing in Educational Excellence, IE²) was chosen as the reform option for the Pickens County School District. The Board has stated it feels this model allows for flexibility and yet preserves and promotes high quality academic achievement, student success, and visionary leadership. The Pickens County School District invited the public to be part of this community input hearing as it prepared to submit this important partnership application and contract to the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) System Application
Pickens County Board of Education Meeting January 14th 2016