Zechmann resigns

BOE Chairperson Linda Zechmann

BOE chair resigns to move to S.C.

School board chairperson Linda Zechmann will resign her office effective at the end of the day this Friday, August 14.

Zechmann and her husband, Dr. John Zechmann, a local optometrist, will be relocating to South Carolina. Since she will no longer be a resident of Pierce County, Zechmann will no longer be able to serve in the job.

After Zechmann’s resignation is effective Friday, fourth district board member and vice chairman Duward Boatright will act as chairman until a successor can be appointed. (See related story.)

Zechmann submitted her resignation letter to Governor Brian Kemp Thursday morning and also notified Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State School Superintendent Richard Woods. She announced her resignation to School Superintendent Dara Bennett and her fellow board members at the close of last Thursday morning’s school board work session. Later in the morning, Zechmann issued a press release addressing “the wonderful people of Pierce County.”

“...(W)e have a wonderful community that values education and goes to great lengths to support our excellent school system. It has been my honor to serve as the chairman of the board of education since April of 2015,” Zechmann said in her letter to the public.   

Zechmann offered her thanks to her fellow board members for serving with her during her five years as chairperson.

“Together we have faced  many challenges and have accomplished some things that will positively impact the students of Pierce County for generations to come. We can be proud of our work. I have the utmost confidence in each of you and in superintendent Dara Bennett. I honestly believe that together, we are an exemplary governance team.”

She noted the local school board has been recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association as an Exemplary Board and has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Governance Teams in the state of Georgia.

“I am appreciative of everyone on the Pierce County School System team from our professional educators, paraprofessionals, school leadership, principals, nutrition staff, bus drivers, maintenance, and central office staff. Every single individual contributes in a meaningful way and is vitally important to the success of our school system,” Zechmann said. Our school system is in great hands and you can have every confidence that we will continue our commitment to Excellence as the Standard.”

Zechmann was appointed to the post in March 2015 to succeed Mark Dixon, who resigned. She won the right to fill the remainder of his term in a special election in 2016 and was elected to a full term in her own right in 2018. Prior to serving as chairperson of the Pierce County Board of Education, Zechmann served 12 years on the Georgia State Board of Education.