Elzora Fluker announces candidacy for Commission District 3

Fluker

 

I am announcing my candidacy for District 3 Commissioner. I have been a community servant all my adult life and it is with this sense of love for my community that I announce my candidacy for County Commissioner. It has always been my desire to help bring unity to Greene County as Commissioner. I realize that the county will not grow and attract industry until all Commissioners work together. I know that it is going to take all county government, municipality and state government to move this county forward.
I am running for County Commissioner because of my willingness to fight for the citizens of District 3. I’m running because citizens should hold the county government accountable to those that elect them.
I’m running because I care about the people that call Greene County home. I’m running because we need leadership that has fresh ideas.

I’m running because we need safe and clean neighborhoods with better education. I’m running to seek funding to help better the education of our children. I will work to obtain funds and support for more programs in the county for our children and seniors.
I will work to bring more job opportunities to Greene County. I also want to make it possible to have better health care opportunities. I will work with the Commissioners to restore the integrity of the county finances.
I will work to give the citizens a better understanding of the county government budget. Lastly, I’m running to endorse the future of this county. Currently, I’m an active member of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, a volunteer with the S.P.O.T. after school tutorial program, as well as G.I.R.L., a mentoring program for our young females.
I am married to Willie Fluker, Jr. We have two children, Tashema Batch and Louis M. Toa Fluker. I am an active member of the Christian Valley Baptist Church of Tishabee.
I have the knowledge and know the role and responsibility to do the job of a county commissioner.
I am thanking you in advance for your support and your vote. On June 5, 2018, I am asking that you go to the polls and vote for Elzora Fluker as your County Commissioner, District 3.

Jeremy Rancher qualifies for Probate Judge

 

Rancher

After much prayer and consideration, I am extremely pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for the Office of Probate Judge. I am a lifelong resident of Greene County and a member of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Boligee. My wife is Kajasa Cunningham Rancher and we have one daughter, Ryleigh Rancher. My parents are Valerie Rancher of Eutaw and Willie Gerome Walker of Union. I am a 2002 graduate of Greene County High School where I received an Advanced Diploma. I furthered my studies at Jacksonville State University where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Forensic Investigations. While at Jacksonville State University, I was employed by the Calhoun-Cleburne County Mental Health Board as a Rehabilitation Assistant. I have been employed by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office since 2007 where I now serve as the Chief Deputy.
During my employment as a Greene County Deputy, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of county government including the capabilities and limitations.

The Probate Judge has many duties including two very important ones: (1) Serves as the chief election official for all elections and (2) Has the authority to involuntarily commit those suffering from mental health issues. I have received hundreds of hours of continuing education in several areas including but not limited to: Dealing with mental health issues, handling the election process, constitutional law updates and how to effectively communicate with others.

In addition, I am extremely active in the community in which I serve as an advocate for educating our youth in the areas of safety, drug awareness and underage drinking. I am member of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council where I serve as the Chairman of the Safety Committee, the Greene County Department of Human Resource’s Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Quality Assurance Committee, the 17th Judicial Circuit Child’s Death Review Team and a member of the Morrow’s Grove #800 Masonic Lodge.

I feel that the primary role of any elected official is to be an advocate for the citizens in which they serve. Because of my experience and training, I have “people skills” that can be used to bring people together towards common goals and unity. I also believe that all people should be treated the same regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, financial status or etc. All people should be treated with dignity and respect.

I am fair, impartial and honest. I am committed to serving the citizens of Greene County. I look forward to a positive and clean campaign as well as meeting as many citizens as possible. Your support and vote will be greatly appreciated. THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE, THE RIGHT CHOICE!!!

 

School board approves superintendent’s contract Greene County schools awarded $300,000 for school based 21st Century Community Learning Centers

At the Greene County school board meeting held Sept. 18, 2017, Superintendent James Carter announced that the school system, in partnership with the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, under the leadership of District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne, was awarded two 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants (CCLC) for Eutaw Primary School and Robert Brown Middle School, totaling $300,000. The projects will serve 100 students at each school facility with a 36-weeks after school program (Monday through Friday) and a four-to-six-weeks summer enrichment program.
The 21st CCLC programs at both schools will focus on Reading, Math and Science, and (STEM), Arts and Music education, tutorial services, language enhancement, recreational skills, entrepreneurial education and nutrition and health education, counseling and expanded library access.
The project also includes programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy, and drug, bullying and violence prevention programs.
“The current funding of this 21st Century CCLC project is a significant boost to our overall goals and efforts in preparing our students academically as well as equipping them with relevant life skills,” said Dr. Carter.
According to Dr. Carter, the sponsoring partners have scheduled orientation and training for timely implementation of the programs.
At its September meeting, the school board approved a contract agreement with Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. for the period 2018-2020.
Other personnel actions of the school board included the following:
*Approved the resignation of Lamar Lavender, Custodian at Greene County High, effective September, 2017.

*Approved employment of Tina Cherry as Substitute Cook, Child Nutrition Program.
*Approved Additional Service Contracts 2017 – 2018 Greene County High School: (Separate Contract) Karon Coleman – Head Track Coach.
*Approved Catastrophic Leave for Angelia Hood – Special Education Coordinator, Central Office; Family Medical Leave for Linda Merriweather – Cook, at Greene County High School and for Freddie Merriweather – Bus Driver, Transportation Department.The board approved the following administrative services:
*Greene County Schools One-on-One Technology Handbook.
*Implementation Guide of Curriculum Component for Strategic Plan (Phase 1).
*Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Greene County Sheriff ‘s Department through Football season.
*Contract between Greene County Board of Education and Greene County Commission for School Resource Officers, for the following schools: Greene County High School; Robert Brown Middle School and Greene County Learning Academy.
*First Reading of the Travel Policy.
Superintendent Carter also reported on the following initiatives in the school system.
*Teachers in grades Pre-K – 3rd will be trained in how to implement the Math Their Way concept, an approach which incorporates adding concrete means in calculations.
*Students at Robert Brown Middle School will have the opportunity to engage in a community garden program.
*Provide opportunities for students in grades 4 -12 to engage in the National Park Service Programs.
*Field trips will have a greater focus on historical sites in and around Greene County this school year. Also, a main focus will be on the contributions that Black citizens made in the civil rights movement.
*We are exploring the possibilities of implementing during this school year a salad bar for students and teachers at all schools. Students also have the opportunity to provide input in the school menu.

School system and Children’s Policy Council hold Tie Tying Ceremony for 9th Grade Academy

The Greene County School System held its second annual Tie Tying Ceremony for the students entering the 9th Grade Academy. This event commenced last year with the formation of the Academy to high light the students’ Rites of Passage from Middle School to High School. The Academy is designed to give special attention to students as they transition and prepare for college and career. The designated attire of navy blue jackets, white shirts and ties identifies the 9th grade students as they pursue their academic mission. The ceremony was co-sponsored by the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, where District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne is President. The CPC also donated the ties for the students. School officials and community leaders volunteered to teach and assist the students in the tie tying process.