Ben Hill County School Board
Standing from left to right: Michelle Joiner, Vice Chair Shirley Brooks, Theresa Davis, Bill Bryant, Chair Gary Smith, Eric Griffin, and Tony Herlovich
The Board of Education is comprised of seven members, elected at large to serve 4-year terms. The terms of members from Districts 1, 2, 3 and 7 will expire December 31, 2018. The terms of members elected from District 4, 5, and 6 will expire December 31, 2020. It is subject to local, state, and federal laws, and determines policy for all public schools, Kindergarten through 12th grade, in the City of Fitzgerald and County of Ben Hill. The Ben Hill County Board of Education meets once a month in Regular Session. The formal session is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Office facility located at 509 West Palm Street in Fitzgerald. In addition, special meetings are called as needed. Community meetings are held occasionally to keep residents informed about issues to give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board initiatives. Meetings are announced in advance through local media and on the school system's website www.benhillschools.org. In addition, regular meetings are broadcoast live online and the link to view the live stream is found on our website. Please stay up to date with our District Calendar for any date or time changes. From time to time, as circumstances may dictate, the time, the date, and the place for regular meetings may be changed.
The Board of Education members set policy, approve educational goals and curriculum changes, evaluate the educational program, confirm hiring and appointment of all personnel, and act on recommendations of the Superintendent of Schools. The Board also approves the annual budget and maintains a balanced budget at the end of the year. In addition, board members plan for the improvement and financing of facilities, act as a tribunal at employee and student hearings, and the keep the public informed about school issues. In order to manage the day-to-day administration of the District, the Board of Education appoints a Superintendent of schools.
Ben Hill County Board Meetings
Upcoming Board Meetings.
Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.
January 16, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018 (The regular monthly meeting was cancelled for April 17 and the Called Meeting will be held April 10,2018)
May 8, 2018
June 14, 2018 (Thursday Night)
July 12, 2018 (Thursday Night)
August 14, 2018
September 11, 2018
October 16, 2018 (The Regular Monthly Meeting for October 9, 2018 has been changed to October 16, 2018)
November 13, 2018
December 11, 2018
Addressing the Board:
The Board offers time on the agenda for individuals to address the Board. One may address board
members in private regarding student matters, personnel matters and other classified matters. Agendas
for the Board meetings are prepared in advance by the Board Chair and Superintendent. To be included
on the Agenda, one must submit a “Request to speak to the Board of Education Form” to the
Superintendent by noon on three (3) working days prior to any Board meeting. A speaker is allowed five
minutes. For more information, contact the:
Ben Hill County Board of Education
509 West Palm Street
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
School Board Attorney:
311 West Central Avenue
Fitzgerald, GA 31750