While the big news this week for schools and scores in the Muscogee County School District is the release of the 2016 state test results, scores of a different sort for the system answer this question: How clean are MCSD’s schools?
There were two elections, but all four candidates in the Muscogee County School Board runoffs focused on the same main issue: whether the school district is headed in the right direction under the leadership of three-year superintendent David Lewis.
With all seven precincts and all in-person early votes reporting in the runoff for the District 7 seat on the nine-member Muscogee County School Board, the Ledger-Enquirer is calling the race in favor of former board chairwoman Cathy Williams, who leads political newcomer Shelia Williams by 378 votes to 228 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent.
With all eight precincts and early voting reporting in the runoff for the District 1 seat on the nine-member Muscogee County School Board, the Ledger-Enquirer has called the race in favor of three-term incumbent Pat Hugley Green, who has defeated former educator JoAnn Thomas-Brown by 814 votes to 602 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent.
On May 6, the day after he was named the Muscogee County School District 2016 Teacher of the Year, the Ledger-Enquirer visited Stefan Lawrence’s classroom at Carver High School to learn why the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation selected him among the 53 nominees.
While he addressed the Muscogee County School Board during Monday night’s meeting, the Rev. Ralph Huling didn’t repeat his allegation that Frank Myers is trying to “get rid of the superintendent,” but the president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance accused the District 8 representative of micromanaging the administration, trying to “stack the board” and using “mafia-style” tactics to unseat incumbents.
With the runoff election day one week away, a Columbus black clergy association has accused a Muscogee County School Board member of trying to oust the superintendent by helping the campaigns of two political newcomers, and the black leader of a Columbus parents association has defended the board member while castigating the clergy.
A spokesman for Kinetic Credit Union has declined to give details of conversations with Columbus city manager Isaiah Hugley about Nathan Smith, a Kinetic employee and campaign volunteer trying to oust Hugley’s sister from the Muscogee County School Board.
In interviews Thursday with the Ledger-Enquirer, city manager Isaiah Hugley emphatically denied the allegations from Frank Myers, the District 8 representative on the nine-member school board, which also included Hugley calling the campaign volunteer, Nathan Smith, a profane name.