Woodstock Economic Services Director Billy Peppers has been named vice president of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.
The foundation, organized at the request of Cherokee County School Board vice chair Janet Read, advocates for Cherokee County School district teachers and staff "by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements," according to a press release issued by the school district.
The foundation will raise money and seek out resources to enhance the educational experiences in the school district.
Other officers include: Attorney Billy Hasty Jr. of Ball Ground, president; retired educator Anne Coffman of Canton, secretary; school district parent Doug Barnes of Waleska, treasurer; community volunteer Peggy Moore of Canton, assistant secretary; and Credit Union of Georgia employee Amanda Arnold of Woodstock, assistant treasurer. Kevin Williams of Canton, manager of Chick-Fil-A, was also tapped as fundraising committee chairman.
Arnold will also serve as chair of the awareness committee and Peppers will also serve as compliance committee chair. Barnes will also double as finance committee chairman.
Other board members are: Canton resident Rod Drake of Georgia Power; Woodstock resident Brian Evola of Waste Management; Canton resident Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital-Cherokee; and Woodstock resident Debi Radcliff, community volunteer.
Peppers said he's looking forward to the new role and is anxious to continue to make education "the number one reason families choose to move to Cherokee County."
"Having the top SAT scores in the state, along with great communities make Cherokee a wise investment for people and businesses," he said. "Working with other community leaders to assure that the school district offers top-notch programming is a no-brainer. I look forward to helping the Foundation secure partners to ensure even better opportunities for Cherokee County students and teachers."
Along with electing officers and committee chairpersons, the foundation’s board last month also adopted its bylaws. It also has incorporated and is registered as a nonprofit corporation with the state of Georgia and will apply for 501(3)(c) status.
The board comprises of 16 members, including five ex-official and non-voting members (the then-serving chair and vice chair of the Cherokee County Board of Education, which are currently Mike Chapman and Janet Read of Towne Lake respectively; Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo or his designee; Assistant Superintendent for Financial Management Candler Howell; and the Cherokee County Council of PTA President Adam Belanger).
The 11 charter voting members are community leaders who were chosen based on their backgrounds and support of the school district. Future members will be chosen by lead principals in the district's innovation zones on a rotating basis.
Peppers, 30, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Peppers has been employed with the city since 2005 as the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and was chosen the city’s director of economic services in 2008.
He lives just outside of Canton with wife Julie Peppers and their son Turner. Both he and his wife are members of the Cherokee County Historical Society. He is a member of the Cherokee County Development Authority and the president of the Georgia Downtown Association.