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Johnson keeps school board seat

COVINGTON -- It appears school board Chair Eddie Johnson will keep his District 2 Board of Education seat for the next four years, after voters elected the Democrat to a second term.

He was running against Republican Ricky Corley, who also lost to Johnson in the 2008 election after serving for 12 years on the school board. Corley also lost a bid for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat to Democrat Lanier Sims in 2010.

Johnson received 4,610 votes, or 54.25 percent, compared to Corley, who received 3,887 votes, or 45.75 percent, according to the Secretary of State's website,which was unofficial as of press time Tuesday.

Johnson, a native of Leesburg and a 21-year Covington resident, was a retired AT&T senior project manager and drove a school bus for the Newton County School System before taking over the seat in January 2009. He was unavailable for comment as of press time Tuesday.

He began serving as the board's chair this year, after previously serving a year as vice chair. The position typically rotates each year.

In addition to the District 2 seat, the school board's District 4 seat was up for reelection this year. Only Democrats Almond Turner (incumbent) and Franklin Perry qualified for the seat, and votes for Turner during the primary election earlier this year allowed him to keep the seat, which he has held for 16 years.

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NewtonNeighbor 2 years, 1 month ago

Great, more of the same. Hope y'all are proud Newton County.

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will 2 years, 1 month ago

Johnson failed the schools in the past so look for more of the same. Mr. Corley was by far the best choice, now we see where this cess pool county is heading.

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Bemused 2 years, 1 month ago

Would y'all like some sour cheese or sour crackers to go with those sour grapes you're eating?

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NewtonNeighbor 2 years, 1 month ago

What I would like is a safe, quality education for my children. Apparently that is too much to hope for in Newton County.

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Frustrated 2 years, 1 month ago

Can we at least HOPE there will be an improvement in our schools? I seriously doubt it but at least we can hope.

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John 2 years, 1 month ago

HOPE is like wishes and "If wishes were horses beggars would ride". If you want change in the schools & school system you can't get it done blogging on the internet - get active & involved and use facts you can back up and not emotions.

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Romulus 2 years, 1 month ago

At least Georgians ratified the charter school amendment, so there IS an escape route for those who feel the need.

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tomgahunter 2 years, 1 month ago

Clayton county reelected their school board also.. Just call Newton County the new Clayton County.

Wonder who Crazy Eddie's budies the Carpenters are going to sue next?

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Covingtonian 2 years, 1 month ago

use a dictionary or enroll in a charter school to learn how. There are two "D"'s in buddies. Welcome to the new Clayton County.

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will 2 years, 1 month ago

Covingtonian, Perhaps you should learn proper sentence structure or enroll in a class that will teach you this structure. When you start a sentence you always use capitalization in the first letter of the first word. Welcome to the new Clayton County. I hope I did everything right in this comment because I have typos from time to time.

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Tairuna 2 years, 1 month ago

@ John you have a point the only way to create change is get involved. However if they would rather blog and speak that way well that's their choice. But good point.

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John 2 years, 1 month ago

Based on my personal experiences with our three children - we were involved in their education from day one in kindergarten until graduation and involved with their schools - we were both Presidents & V-Ps of a PTA, PTO & had many tete-a-tete meetings with the school administration and it worked to effect positive change. Blogging certainly is ones choice but it is like spinning your wheels or spitting into wind or water cooler talk a lot of energy & emotion & effort with very little positive results.

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Del 2 years, 1 month ago

Elections have Consequences.....So long Newton County

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Freshvoice2012 2 years, 1 month ago

I seem to think that there is a lot of tension when it comes to blogging maybe. If this is how people would like to blow off steam let them, but Johnson again has the county not suffered?

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John 2 years, 1 month ago

Don't think anyone has suggested to anyone to stop blogging but if you want to make a change there are more effective ways.

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ShannonBlack 2 years, 1 month ago

BOE meets tomorrow nite @ 7 to discuss personnel policies. Make your input known @ info@newton.k12.ga.us. we need a nepotism policy to fix the LaQuanda Carpenter mess

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Satan69 2 years, 1 month ago

No your right nobody has said that John. But a more effective way to do it would be attend a BOE meeting in hopes something can be done.

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Billy 2 years, 1 month ago

Attend a school outside of the public ones, if you can afford it. That's the best solution...

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