Dr. Kim Ezekiel has resigned from the Tift County School Board, effective June 30. She has accepted a position as a Title I Education Program Specialist with the State Department of Education. State law prevents DOE employees from serving on local school boards.
'We are proud to know that the State Department of Education recognizes what our local board has known for a number of years,” said Board Chairman Jonathan Jones. “Dr. Kim Ezekiel is a highly talented individual who serves our community with excellence as an educator, administrator and board member.”
“Dr. Ezekiel has been a valuable part of our board, and we hate to see her go,” said Superintendent Patrick Atwater. “We know that she will continue to serve the needs of students at the state level, and we thank her for her many years of service.”
Dr. Ezekiel began her career with Tift County as a teacher in 1982, working until 2012 when she retired as the principal at Len Lastinger Primary School. She has been on the board since 2013.
“One most important thing I've ever done is to serve on this school board for the past four and a half years,” said Dr. Ezekiel. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the Board of Education. I will always be grateful for the positive, professional relationships I have with the other board members, superintendent and staff. We have shared many successes and know that our system will continue to thrive. I have mixed emotions about tendering my resignation, because upon retirement, it was my dream to continue my legacy in education by serving the community as a school board member. It is my hope that the board continues not to allow politics or money to become greater priorities than the children we serve. i am looking forward to watching and observing the successes of this school board. I will truly miss the wonderful people I have had the opportunity work with and the impact we have made together. I thank District I for the opportunity.”
Georgia laws state that the remaining board members shall appoint someone from District 1 to fill the remainder of her unexpired term, at which time a new representative would be elected.