From the front, left to right, board members Grace Smith, Joann Patton, Deshala Murray, Quynh Spicer, D’Lee Pollock-Moore, Cheryl Gracey, Wayne Williford, Nancy Blout, David Moore, Chantell Scott, and Crystal Strickland stand together at the first meeting for Pollock-Moore Academy.

The board members of the Pollock Moore Academy met together for their first meeting on March 12. The meeting was held in The Dallas Law Group Conference Room in Thomson and will continue there until a building for the academy is bought. At the meeting, among other things, the board discussed the school’s schedule, school pride building through houses and colors, community partnership, and the potential for night school programs such as adult literacy, credit recovery, and GED classes.

Twelve members make up the founding board, representatives of various industries. Chantell Scott, who has taught for the University of Pheonix and is a guidance counselor and administrator in Richmond County Schools, is the   board’s chairperson.  Dr. Quynh Spicer, board vice chair, co-owns Thomson and Harlem Family Dental and will represent healthcare and business. Kenny Asterita, a Georgia-Pacific control engineer, will represent industry and community outreach for the board. Nancy Blount, board treasurer and director of Lincoln County Family Connections, will represent accounting and community outreach. Tiffany Chapman, a real estate paralegal with Findlay and Edinfield in Augusta, will represent real estate and legal for the board. Cheryl Gracey, an attorney at Dallas Law Firm, will represent legal and education. Deshala Murray,  the senior assistant district attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit, will represent  legal and business. Grace Smith, a mechanical engineer at Fort Gordon, will represent industry and community partnerships. Wayne Williford, owner of Sunset Auto and Sunset Auction House, will represent fundraising and business. The above will work as the permanent board members. Crystal Strickland, a special education teacher and coach at Harlem High School, will be the future athletic director and will report to the board after it charters. The academy’s founders, David Moore, future chief of operations, and D'Lee Pollock-Moore, the future chief of academics, will also report to the  board after the school charters. Joanne Patton, whose works in special education and is an artist in Appling, will act as a  consultant for the board along with Lee Anne Cowart, who represents the Georgia Department of Education’s 10th congressional district.

Pollock-Moore said that she and Moore recruited members of the board based off their past record of leadership and ownership in their industries. In regards to the board members, Pollock-Moore showed confidence.

“We wanted people who were  knowledgeable and experienced in different fields,” Pollock-Moore said. “We were looking for the best and we found them.”

Each founding board member can serve for six years. Non-founding members can serve for four years.  In the future, elections will be held to decide members. Parents and alumni of the school can vote.

For the board activities, Pollock-Moore said the community is welcomed to attend meetings and minutes from the meetings will be posted on the school’s website, www.pollockmooreacademy.org.  

The next meeting will be at March 25 at 7 p.m. At the next meeting, the board will discuss financial policies, the board attorney position, and the possibility of adding another consultant to  the team.

Pollock-Moore said   community members can call 706-699-6779 if they would like to attend. She said current space size limits the amount of people that attend.

“We want to be as transparent as possible,” she said.  

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