By David H. Corcoran, Sr.,
On last Fri., July 1, Ron Blankenship was already hard at work at his desk in the School Board’s Central Office in the Courthouse Annex.
“I had meetings all day with the staff, because we’re looking at the vacancies and want to make sure that we find qualified professionals to fill them,” Mr. Blankenship stated to this newspaper in an exclusive interview.
Continuing, he observes that Gilmer County’s school system needs to make sure that it’s ready for the fall term, and vacancies, sometimes, take time to fill. ”
“We’ve got a lot of good faculty and staff, but we have to fill the vacancies, and we have several,” he laments.
As a former Gilmer County Superintendent but about 15 years ago, Mr. Blankenship couldn’t compare the two periods of education here. “We have completely different issues to be addressed now in comparison with before,” he observes.
Right now, he’s set a concrete strategy for getting Gilmer’s school system back to par. “We’ll look at what we’ve got, and make the best decisions we can for the benefit of the whole system, but, particularly, the education of the school children,” he outlines.
In addition, he asserts, “I’m looking forward to working with the (local) Board of Education. In fact, as things progress, I’ll give them updates of (the changes and improvements) on a weekly basis.”
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