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New school to be named after longtime teacher
Frances Meeks with school board 102619
Frances Meeks, in front, with members of the Bryan County Board of Education, from left, Dennis Seger, Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher, David Schwartz, Marianne Smith, Pam Gunter, Karen Krupp, Amy Murphy and Derrick Smith.

Bryan County's newest elementary school will be named in honor of Frances Meeks, a longtime teacher and former school board member.

Frances Meeks Elementary is scheduled to open in August 2020. 

Here's the announcement from Bryan County Schools website: 

The Board of Education named the new south Bryan elementary school at the October BOE meeting. Frances Meeks Elementary School will be the name of the new school being built off Warren Hill Road. Frances Meeks was a long-time educator and BOE member in Bryan County and often referred to as "The Grandmother or First Lady of Bryan County Schools." 

Note: Below is a press release issued Friday afternoon by Bryan County Schools. 

At its regularly scheduled board meeting on October 24, 2019, the Bryan County Board of Education recognized both Pembroke Advanced Communications and Richmond Hill – Bryan County Chamber of Commerce with a Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) commendation for their support of public education in the community and dedication to Georgia’s youth. The board of education also named the new elementary school that is being built in south Bryan County and scheduled to open in August 2020. In a packed board room filled with family, friends, former educators and many others, the board of education unveiled a framed rendering of Frances Meeks Elementary School. The school has been named after Ms. Frances Meeks, who started her educational career as a teacher in 1953 and spent over 40 years in public education. During her tenure, Ms. Meeks served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal for almost 20 years, as well as two-terms as a Bryan County Schools board member. It was a very special night, as the board of education was able to capture and celebrate the impact this very special person has had on her community and public education. Dr. Paul Brooksher, Superintendent, stated, “Leadership in public education is not a job for the faint of heart and I can’t think of a better way to recognize and honor Ms. Meeks for her commitment, dedication, courage, drive, energy, and most importantly, passion for kids!” Also, Amy Murphy, Bryan County Board of Education Chairman, said "The Board of Education is honored to celebrate Mrs. Meeks' legacy of fostering strong public education in Bryan County. As we look forward to our exciting future, we remember the solid foundation that she was instrumental in building."

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