Mr. James Fleming, Board ChairmanMr. Fleming began his term on the Jefferson County Board of Education in July 1983. He is a native of Jefferson County, and a graduate of Wrens High School. Mr. Fleming graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in pharmacy. He recently served on Governor Nathan Deal’s School Boards Advisory Committee. He has served as Vice-President of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and is a former District Director for GSBA.He and his wife, Sharon, have five children, all of whom have graduated from Jefferson County schools. The Flemings live in Wrens, where Mr. Fleming is a pharmacist with Barney’s Pharmacy in Wrens and Louisville. Mrs. Fleming is the media specialist at Wrens Middle School.
Mr. Bobby Butts, District 4, Vice Chairman
Mr. Butts began his term on the Board in March 2004. He is a native of Jefferson County and a graduate of Louisville High School. Mr. Butts is also a graduate of Augusta Technical College, and attended the Miller Welding School in Atlanta, Georgia, East Georgia College, and Swainsboro Technical College. He is employed as an adjunct instructor at Sandersville Technical College in the welding department and is retired from Thermo King Corporation in Louisville. Mr. Butts and his wife, Ernestine, have three children who have graduated from Jefferson County Schools. Mrs. Butts is a paraprofessional at Louisville Academy.Ms. Farlyn Hudson, District 1Ms. Hudson, the newest member of the Board of Education, is a native of Jefferson County and is a graduate of Wadley High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Paine College and is currently a Research Associate at the Georgia Regents University. Ms. Hudson is a former science teacher with the Richmond County School System.Ms. Hudson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Farris Hudson, Sr. of Wadley, are retired teachers from the Jefferson County School System; her father also served as principal of Wadley High School. Ms. Hudson has two sons both of whom are graduates of Jefferson County High School, and she has served on the School Council for Jefferson County High School.Ms. Teresa Brooks, District 2Ms. Brooks was recently appointed to the Board of Education to fill the District 2 seat left vacant with the death of Mr. Charlie Brown. Ms. Brooks brings a wealth of experience in education in that she has spent over 40 years with the Jefferson County School System, starting as a teacher, becoming a counselor, assistant principal, and then principal. Ms. Brooks has two daughters, Tia Brooks Kittles and Tiffany Brooks, both of whom graduated from Jefferson County schools.Since retiring from the school system in 2014, Ms. Brooks is working at the Washington State Prison as a Lead Teacher for Adult Basic Education. She also volunteers as a Pink Lady at Jefferson Hospital.
Mr. Steve Norton, District 3
Mr. Norton began his term on the Board of Education in January of 1997. Mr. Norton is a native of Jefferson County, and a graduate of Wrens High School. He also graduated from Augusta Technical School and attended Augusta College. Mr. Norton served in the U.S. Navy, and retired as the Preventive Maintenance Planner for Austin Industrial at DSM Chemicals in Augusta.Mr. Norton and the late Debra Norton, have two children, both of whom are graduates of Jefferson County High School. Their daughter is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is employed by the Bryan County School System. Their son is a graduate of Georgia College and State University and is employed by the Department of Defense.