Worthy will be out as president as Clarke school board sets term limits

Clarke County Board of Education President Charles Worthy, left, walks into the Cleveland Road Elementary School cafeteria with Superintendent Demond Means as board vice president Sarah Ellis looks on. (Photo / Lee Shearer/Staff)

The Clarke County Board of Education will have a new president next year.

 

The board amended its policy on electing board officers to impose term limits at the board’s Thursday meeting.

The limit also applies to the position of vice president.

“In an effort to provide each board member the opportunity to serve, no President or Vice President shall serve consecutive terms in the same position,” the policy now reads.

That means District Six board member Charles Worthy, first elected board president in 2006, will not be eligible for re-election when the board next elects officers, which is scheduled to happen in January.

The board elects officers at its first regular meeting in even-numbered calendar years.

The board’s policy committee, chaired by board vice president Sarah Ellis, brought the amended policy to the full board after a lengthy debate in its previous committee meeting, but the new rule got strong support from board members.

Just two of the board’s nine members voted no to term limits - Worthy and District 3 board member Linda Davis.

Davis also tried to add a provision that the limits would not take effect until January, 2020, but only she and Worthy voted in favor of that amendment.

Board members in favor of the change said term limits would allow more board members to take leadership roles.

Davis said the board should elect the best person to the position, and that if the person in the president’s seat is the best person for it, he or she should be able to continue in the position after one two-year term.

The board also voted to limit the president’s powers in Thursday’s meeting.

Previously, the board president appointed the members of standing committees such as finance and policy. But in the future, committee members will be chosen by a consensus of board members, according to the change board members voted for Thursday.

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