State Board sings praises of DCBOE

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ricky Brantley of the Georgia School Board Association’s risk management department came to the November Decatur County School Board meeting Thursday to recognize the board for their loyalty which has inspired others, Brantley said.
Brantley presented Decatur County Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield and the members of the school board with a plaque honoring their being involved with risk management membership for more than 10 years.
“I am here to recognize you for 10 consecutive years as a member of the Georgia School Board Association’s risk management services,” Brantley said, after praising Rayfield and the board for their leadership in the system. “We formed the risk management services in 1992 in an environment when it was tough to get insurance and good coverage.”
Brantley said it was because of the dedication a small handful of school systems like Decatur County had that helped the services grow from six school districts involved with risk management to now more than 95.
“And we will not stop until we have all 180 school districts,” Brantley said. “If it hadn’t been for you, those who were willing to get in early, we wouldn’t have been able to do that. In addition to that you have been able to take advantage of stable pricing, broad coverage because of your leadership and we are growing everyday.”
Rayfield said he also was happy to report more good news.
“In a list by the GSBA, Decatur County School Board of Education got a congratulatory letter this week for successfully completing the quality board certification,” Rayfield said.
While typical board meetings usually discuss lists of bills and bids, the meeting continued to report positive news with the AAAAA Region All-Star Drama Team’s performance of a one-act that won first place at the regional level. Rayfield and the board handed out medals for the Bainbridge High School Cross Country team for winning the region and individual performers were recognized.
“I speak for the entire board when I say I’m so proud of all of the good things that are going on in our school system,” board chairman Sydney Cochran said.

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