Tift County Board of Education member Gannon Hall has stepped down from the board, says Stacey Beckham, Tift County Schools’ director of communications.
In an e-mailed statement, she said Hall and his family have moved from District 3 into District 1. School board policy and state law requires that board members live within the district they represent.
“Mr. Hall has been a valuable part of our board, and (we) hate to see him go,” said Kim Rutland, school board chairperson. “We know that he will continue to be a very involved community member, and we thank him for his service.”
The policy states that the remaining board members shall appoint someone from District 3 to fill the remainder of Hall’s term, at which time a new representative would be elected, explained Beckham. The board’s next scheduled regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 14, 2014, when Hall’s replacement will be discussed.
Hall told The Tifton Gazette Thursday that he’s very disappointed that he will have to step down from his position on the board of education, but the rules and policies are in place for a reason and he will play by those rules.
“My family and I had a chance to sell our house and move into the country on some family land. It wasn’t until this week that I learned I had moved out of District 3, the district I was elected in, and into District 1,” he said, noting he can literally see the designated district line from his front yard.
He added, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the one year I have spent on the board of education. It’s been very eye-opening and very educational to see the ins and outs of our school system, how it operates and the challenges we face. When I was elected, I had a lot of questions coming in, but once I got in there, got my hands dirty and learned as much as I could, I was better able to understand why certain decisions were and are made.”
Hall said he would like to thank the people of District 3 for giving him the opportunity to serve them and the community.
“I would also like to thank Superintendent (Patrick) Atwater and the members of the board of education for their service. It has been an honor serving on the board of education,” he said.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.