Former Woodstock mayor and Grassroots Conservatives of Cherokee founder Bill Dewrell was selected Wednesday to replace board member Dudley Wass, who announced last month he was stepping down from the Cherokee Charter Academy LGC Board of Directors.
The decision was reached unanimously by the board at its monthly meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy.
Dewrell said Wednesday he was “looking forward to serving” on the LGC Board of Directors.
“I’m certainly honored to serve. Charter schools are important, and it’s certainly something I’m interested in,” he said. “I’m certainly looking forward to it.”
Dewrell said his plan as a new board member is to learn about his fellow board members’ goals.
“I’d like to find out what their needs are and try to help meet the board’s needs,” Dewrell said.
Board member Danny Dukes made a motion to select Dewrell as Wass’s replacement, and board member Byron Greene seconded the motion.
Three board members who attended the meeting in-person, Dukes, Byron and Larry Blase, all voted in favor of selecting Dewrell as the newest board member.
Board members Johnathan Pfohl and Sean Jerguson attended the meeting through a teleconference and also voted in favor of the motion.
Dewrell said he had been contacted by Board Chair Heather Blevins and Dukes about possibly filling the seat on the board but said he was still pleasantly surprised to be selected.
Dewrell said he was excited to help and hoped to do a good job on the board.
Blase congratulated Dewrell and said he should be present at the board’s next meeting on April 23.
After the board voted to appoint Dewrell as its new member, Blase announced he would step down from the board as well.
“I’m leaving the LGC, and that’s tied into the foundation,” Blase explained. “I’ve been on the board for three years now, and I’ve enjoyed my time, but I think I can help the school more moving forward with starting a foundation.”
Blase said he hopes to help establish an education foundation for CCA to help raise funds and assist the school in the future.
“I also want to get more involved with advocacy,” Blase said, noting the 2014 Legislative session that ended last week.
“I’m on the advocacy committee for the Georgia Charter Schools Association, so that’s something I want to do as well.”
The board then agreed to have Blevins bring possible candidates to replace Blase to the next meeting.
Dukes suggested Blevins look into and review a few candidates to fill the position and present them to the board for consideration. The other board members agreed.