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Dawson County Board of Education elects board officers for year; approves reapportionment plan
Dawson County BOE
The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Erica Jones

During the Jan. 11 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, board members voted to elect a chairperson and vice chair for the year and voted to approve a reapportionment plan to mirror the county’s districting. 

Board members voted to approve Doris Cook as the incoming board chair, and Karen Armstrong as the incoming vice chair. The two board officers will serve from Feb. 2022 through Jan. 2023, when the board will vote again to approve the next year’s chair and vice chair. 

Cook is the current vice chair. Board member Nathan Ingram made a motion, seconded by Board member Karen Armstrong and approved unanimously by the board members, to elect Cook as the incoming board chair. Board member Barry Slaton made a motion, seconded by Ingram and approved unanimously by the board members, with Cook absent, to elect Armstrong as the incoming vice chair. 

Also during the meeting, board members voted to approve a reapportionment plan to mirror the county’s districting. The new districting is aimed at making the Dawson County Commission and the Dawson County School Board districts as even as possible, taking into account the growth in population, as according to the U.S. Census, from 2010 to 2020. 

The new plan was developed by the Georgia Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office and recognizes a population increase in Dawson County from 22,330 in 2010 to 26,798 in 2020. 

According to Superintendent Damon Gibbs, the voting districts for commissioners have been the same as the voting districts for school board officials for many years, so the goal is to keep the voting districts the same moving forward. According to attachments presented to the school board, the county approved its voting redistricting on Dec. 2. 

“For years the voting districts have been the same as the county commissioners,” Gibbs said to the board members. “They have approved those that the state recommended, and what we would ask tonight is that you would approve that as presented so it would mirror the county’s voting districts for their commissioners for our board districts as well.” 

According to the maps attached to the reapportionment presentation, the main change on the new plan approved by the county and up for approval by the school board is an extension of district 1 to even out the number of voters in each district.

School board members voted unanimously, with Cook absent, to approve the proposed reapportionment plan. 

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