Former School Board Chair Robina Bouffault has announced she will not seek reelection to the School Board. In an email sent to constituents Ms. Bouffault cited increased demands on her time from business and family interests.
Ms. Barbara P. Lee, Chairman of the Clarke County School Board, shared that “Robina’s construction management and planning skills will be missed. She has been a significant force in bringing about the new high school that stands before us. The amount of time she has devoted to the Clarke County Public Schools has been tremendous and she has our gratitude for her service.”
Superintendent of Schools, Michael F. Murphy, commented that “Ms. Bouffault has devoted thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of hours of her time to sharing her ideas and her vision for the Clarke County Public Schools. She is an incredibly hard worker. Ms. Bouffault’s ability to find the best deal, save a dollar, and still produce a product of value are to be commended.” Her sincere wish for the incoming Board to continue to maintain the Division’s high standards of achievement is much welcomed and appreciated, said Murphy.
According to Murphy, there are seven and a half months until the seating of a newly elected school board and there is much work that still needs to be done. “I am anxious for a focused and productive seven and a half months – the needs of our students and staff are of paramount importance. Finishing the new high school, of course, is a top priority, along with a continued focus on the improvement of student achievement. Other items on the table for discussion include staff selection and hiring, potential elementary boundary line adjustments, possible grade level and school reconfigurations, and improving the overall fiscal health of the Division.
The text of her email is below.
In an effort to lay to rest the many rumors flying about, this is to formally confirm that I will not be seeking re-election to the School Board this year, due to increased business pressures and family responsibilities that leave me with less time available to devote to school board matters.
It has been a privilege to have worked these four years with a board that has successfully implemented the construction of our new high school, which will be a source of pride for our students and community for many years to come. I will of course be happy to continue working on the construction committee if needed, until the project’s successful completion.
I wish the incoming board much success in maintaining our school division’s high standards over the next four years.