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Former school board member seeks old seat

COVINGTON --Former Newton County Board of Education member Ricky Corley hopes to reclaim his old seat next month.

Corley, 58, who is currently co-owner of Corley's Used Cars and Auto Service along with his son, is running as a Republican for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Education.

Incumbent Democrat Eddie Johnson took over the seat in 2009, when he beat out Corley in the election as a political newcomer; Corley had served on the school board for 12 years at the time.

"I've always wanted to do my part," said Corley, who also lost a bid for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat to Democrat Lanier Sims in 2010. "This past year, I've had a flood of calls encouraging me to run (for school board)."

The lifelong Newton County resident said he wants this to be a productive county with quality education.

"It's my home," said Corley, who had four children graduate from Newton County public schools over the years and has four of eight grandchildren currently attending them. "I want Newton County to be the best it can be, and education is the foundation to justify everything."

During his previous time on the school board, he said the board dealt with high enrollment and lots of growth, which equalled constantly building schools.

"Even with that, we kept the school system in shape, but of course, there's always room for improvement and there always will be," he said.

Corley said that the needs of the system currently seem to be focusing on customer service, improving test scores and discipline and getting more parental involvement and responsibility, while holding everyone accountable.

"We've got to provide for all young people a safe learning environment," Corley said, adding that there also needs to be an instrument to take a school climate survey so people can make suggestions for improvement.

He said he will bring to the table leadership, accountability and experience, while supporting teachers and administrators.

"Board members don't teach and they don't micromanage the schools or you get into trouble like Clayton County," he said.

Corley said he has owned a business since 1974 and holds an associate's degree in business management from Ashford University and studied at DeKalb Technical College; he also went through leadership training with the Georgia School Boards Association. While on the school board, he served two years at chair and three years at vice chair.

He also said he is easily accessible, since he's constantly attending school programs and other public events.

"My commitment is to education," he said. "I will be the voice for the people."

Johnson has yet to return a call from the Citizen seeking information on his campaign.

In addition to the District 2 seat, the school board's District 4 seat is 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.

Comments

gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

Ricky is a Good man. That cares for the Children. All the Children and his record shows it. Vote for Children Vote for Ricky.

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gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

One More thing. Ricky has always returned emails. I have sent Eddie over 10 in 4 years and just like Gary I am still waiting.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

Lets hope Corley wins in November and its the beginning of an improvement in our schools.

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will 1 year, 11 months ago

Mr. Corley will be a HOME RUN if he gets on the BOE. He has a proven track record and he will bring in an intellectual mind set that is needed on this failure of a board. Johnson has shown over and over that he cannot make the roster, strike three your OUT. Mr. Corley is an honest man with high integrity which this BOE is missing and he is not scared of the carpenters so called representative.

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henrystamm 1 year, 11 months ago

Used car dealer and politician go hand in hand ,can't trussed anyone. Corley's replacement did even worthy than him, but that is to be expected, he is a Democrat. Mostly all of them are not trustworthy. Hopefully Corley has learned his lesson and actually laces the children first and start cutting the massive administration expenses. Suggested i half and increase good techer compensation and remove incompetent ones. A good teacher can teach to more children and a bad teacher could not even get a needy one to pass. Lets vote, sadly for the lesser of the evil.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

from the looks of your post Henry you could benenfit from a little higer learning. Its called "spellcheck".

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John 1 year, 11 months ago

@frustrated - lesson for the day. Higher is spelled H I G H E R, not H I G E R. Please use spell check in the future or stand in the corner and face the wall.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

must have not been too hard to understand, you understood what I was saying.

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will 1 year, 11 months ago

Frustrated I dont understand, what is higer?

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tomgahunter 1 year, 11 months ago

Ricky Corley has worked on our family cars for 20+ years, he is a good honest man. I know 1 thing Mr. Corley will put the Teachers & Students 1st, which is more than can be said for "Home Run" Johnson.

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will 1 year, 11 months ago

I aint never trussed nobody and im glad his replacement did even worthy than him. Henry keep up the good comments.Henry are you related to Frustrated because that comment talks about something called higer education.

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LOVINGLIFE 1 year, 11 months ago

Henry...Why is it that every comment that you fire off is always negative and foolish. You always speak the obvious , like you've come up with some grand idea , when everyone else reading your comments knows this as common sense. It wouldnt matter if Jesus Christ was running , you would do your best to be as negative as possible. Its obvious that you dont know Ricky Corley , or what he stands for. Please stop wasting our time with your dumb comments and crawl back into your depressing hole. Good Grief!!!!!!

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Shart15 1 year, 11 months ago

We need corley to beat johnson!!!!!!!

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Shart15 1 year, 11 months ago

Good job!!!! Lovinglife.

Henry is special, hahahahhaha.

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proudmommy 1 year, 11 months ago

Why is it that my post in opposition of Mr. Corley was not posted? I guess for the same reason that this paper never posts anything negative about Eastside High School or anything positive about Alcovy or Newton.

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