Speakers Support Re-Opening of Bowman Elementary During EC School Board Meeting

September 18, 2012

Bowman Citizens gather at the Elberton Civic Center prior to marching to the Board of Education meeting.

It was a busy night for the Elbert County Board of Education, during the board’s regular monthly meeting for the month of September.

There were three speakers that spoke at this meeting, NAACP State President Edward Dubose, Bowman City Mayor Pamela Johnson, and David Vogel.

The speaker with the strongest message was Mayor Johnson, who spoke out in support of re-opening Bowman Elementary.

“We always look at how this affects our ability to market our town, if any of you are looking at a town to relocate to, you would look and see if that town has a school”, said Mayor Johnson. “For the first time in over 125 years, we do not have that to offer to our citizens.”

Mayor Johnson presented a petition with over 500 signatures to reopen Bowman Elementary School to Board of Education Chairman Ben Baker.

In other matters, the School Board approved the Millage Rate for the 2013 fiscal year. The new rate will be set at 16.057 which is slightly higher than the previous year’s Millage Rate of 15.996. The rate saw an increase due to the county’s decreased property values, and was adjusted to compensate for inflation. Despite the increase, tax payers will not notice any real difference in what they will pay in property taxes.

By Carmen Flores, WSGC Radio, Elberton