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Posted: July 16, 2010 9:00 p.m.

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Dobbs, Bates, Smith to leave BOE this year

3 current members decline to run for re-election



Three members of the Newton County Board of Education will not be seeking re-election.

Cathy Dobbs, who has served as the District 3 representative on the board for the last eight years said that since her youngest son is graduating high school this year, she feels like this is the “right time” to finish her term.

“It has been a great experience for me,” said Dobbs in an e-mail, “challenging at times, but a positive experience. I appreciate those who are committed to public education and our children, their time and commitment to the students is tremendous. I believe a strong public education system is an important part of the foundation of our country.

“I encourage members of our community to consider running on the board and I appreciate their encouragement and input over the years.”
Johnny Smith, was elected in 2004 to serve the remaining two years of the late Richard Tiede’s District 1 seat, ran and was re-elected in 2006 and has served on the board since then. 

He announced earlier this month that he did not intend to run for re-election this year but could not be reached for further comment as of press time.

Dr. C.C. Bates, who was elected in 2007, announced earlier this year that she would not fulfill her first term as District 5 representative for the BOE and would resign her position in June.

Bates’ decision was due to a position she accepted as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Clemson University in South Carolina. She and her family will be moving out of Newton County.

Qualifying for the BOE begins at 9 a.m. April 26 and runs through 12 p.m. April 30. The fee for qualifying is $216.

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