GHSA approves new executive director, tables transfer proposal

The Georgia High School Association approved a Board of Trustees recommendation to hire Dr. Robin Hines as its new executive director during a called meeting of the organization’s state executive committee in Thomaston Tuesday, per minutes released by the GHSA.

 

Hines, a former superintendent Robin Hines. Hines will have a three-year contract with a $125,000 annual starting salary, according to the minutes. He will replace Gary Phillips, who will retire at the end of the school year. The board will honor Phillips’ contract and benefits through the end of the 2017-2018 school year.


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Phillips, who took over as executive director in July 2014, offered to resign in response to pending legislation in the Georgia House and Senate in February. Minutes from a February GHSA meeting indicate that the bill’s sponsors offered to withdraw the legislation if he stepped down.

The executive committee unanimously passed a motion to add a resolution to honor Phillips’ retirement. The resolution was made by GHSA counsel Alan Connell on behalf of the Board of Trustees, per the meeting minutes.

The executive committee decided to table a proposal to adopt a 50 percent sit-out rule by a vote of 62-2. Georgia High School Association president Glenn White and Ruth Donahoo voted no on the motion to table to the proposal.

The rule, if eventually passed, would make sweeping changes to the transfer process. The change would require a student that make a bona fide move from one GHSA school to another to be considered ineligible for the first half of competition for a calendar year unless the school the student is transferring from waives the sit-out rule. The school receiving the transfer would have to verify a bona fide move occurred. Otherwise, the student would be considered a migrant student. The rule would not apply to students that file and win a hardship appeal.

The executive committee also voted unanimously to waive the migratory rule for boarding students to enter Ben Franklin Academy, Darlington, Riverside Military Academy and Tallulah Falls. The by-law will be in effect for Darlington in the coming school year and for Ben Franklin Academy, Riverside Military Academy and Tallulah Falls starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

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