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Dimon Kendrick-Holmes: Who's your school board representative?

Got a question for you, especially if you have a child enrolled in a Muscogee County school.

Quick, who's your school board representative?

(Notice that I didn't ask which school district you live in. Some of us aren't good with numbers.)

Seriously, who is it?

You can almost surely rattle off the names -- and also the strengths and weaknesses -- of your child's principal and teachers. And good for you.

But the latest meeting of the Muscogee County School Board shows that it's also a good idea to know the names of the elected official who represents your child's school.

Knowing his or her name can be very useful. For example, if your child's school now has no principal because five of the nine board members decided to make a statement by voting down all seven of Superintendent Susan Andrews' recommendations, you might want to call that person and ask some questions.

You can find contact information for each school board member by logging on https://www.muscogee.k12.ga.us/AboutUS/board. You can get a list of each member's schools by clicking on the link at the bottom of that page.

A word of warning: While most board members list their home or office numbers, one actually lists the number of the administration building.

Call the number for your representative and see how fast you can reach them. See how much they care.

Oh yeah, questions.

If your child attends Britt David or Double Churches elementary schools, call John Wells and ask him why he voted against the principals that Susan Andrews had selected for those schools.

Or if your child attends Brewer or Cusseta Road elementary schools, call James Walker and ask him why he voted against the proposed principals there.

Heck, it works both ways. If your child attends North Columbus or Waddell elementary schools or Richards Middle School, call Rob Varner and ask him why he DID vote to approve the proposed principals.

While you're at it, ask them if they've formed alliances with other members.

Especially if they voted against every proposal. Ask them how five people acting independently of each other can "ceremonially delay" something.

Ask all of them if they're on speaking terms with members who voted differently from them.

Ask them how in the world they're going to ensure that in 10 weeks every school has a principal and each one has had time to train for the job and fill teacher vacancies.

Ask them what they're looking for in a new superintendent.

And ask them what they plan to do to make your child's school and the entire district better.

And, just for kicks, ask them when they're up for re-election.

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes, executive editor, can be reached at dkholmes@ledger-enquirer.com

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