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Posted: July 16, 2010 9:06 p.m.

BOE District 1 - Jeffrey Meadors (R)

Meadors GPC dual enrollment coordinator

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Jeffrey Meadors

Jeffrey Meadors, dual enrollment coordinator for Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton and Rockdale campuses, has announced his intention to run for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat on the Republican ticket. Council member Johnny Smith, who currently holds the seat, has announced that he does not plan to run again after six years in office.

Meadors works out of GPC’s Newton campus and as dual enrollment coordinator works with high school counselors, as well as juniors and seniors, to advise them on options available at the college.

He has teaching and administrative experience in the Atlanta City School System, GPC, Gwinnett County and Emory University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University magna cum laude, two advanced degrees in education — a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Diploma for Advanced Study in Teaching from Emory University — and has completed coursework to earn his leadership certificate, an L6 in K-12 education, through the University of Georgia.

His decision to run, according to Meadors, is a combination of outside encouragement and his desire to see the students of Newton County succeed.

"I have had much encouragement to run for District 1," he said in an e-mail. "I would like to think that with my 23-years in education I could be a good listener. I believe in servant leadership and as a Newton County resident in District 1 for the past five years, I would like to see all students in Newton better understand the importance of the decisions they make today on the future they will encounter tomorrow. A more educated Newton is a smarter and stronger Newton.

"We all benefit when students find their pathway to higher education and contribute back to Newton County."

Meadors said his goal was to "accomplish goals that make sense for students, faculty and staff, parents and for the Newton community," and to focus on the classroom, "where students and teachers engage in important work, all for the ultimate benefit of this great county."

When asked what he believed were the most important issues facing the board in the coming years, he answered student achievement, growth, appropriate use of existing facilities and support of school system personnel in safe settings.

"At the college level, we have encountered cuts similar to those in Newton," said Meadors. "I am in area high schools in Newton and eight surrounding systems on a weekly basis and I think we are doing exceptionally well in some areas, and I believe there is room for creative problem-solving in other areas.

"A board must work toward a unified end to improve the classroom experience, to let teachers and schools do what they know is best for students without tedious micromanagement and to maintain and foster safe settings where these things are possible.

"We have outstanding professionals, licensed by the state and well-educated, doing outstanding work in tough times," said Meadors. "But the common element remains: they love to serve students."

Meadors has lived in Newton County since 2005. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Meadors also live in the county in District 1. Meadors encourages voters in the district to contact him with comments, questions or concerns at jeffrey.meadors@gmail.com.

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