Members of the Dalton Board of Education honored 34 retirees at a reception prior to the regular board meeting. The group has served Dalton Public Schools for a total of 681 years and has accumulated 951 years of service in education
Meet the Board of Education
Matt Evans, Chair
Matt Evans is the founding and lead pastor of Rock Bridge Community Church, a multi-site church with locations in five communities. He earned a Bachelor Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy and also completed Navy Nuclear Power School training. While on active duty, he served as a surface warfare officer on two different warships. He also holds a Master’s Degree in global leadership. Mr. Evans and his wife Beth both graduated from Dalton High School in 1993. Their two boys, Eyasu and Abreham, are students in Dalton Public Schools. He began his first term on the Dalton Board of Education in January 2018.
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PALMER GRIFFIN, VICE-CHAIR
Palmer Griffin served as a classroom teacher, coach, athletic trainer, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent of operations during his 35-year career in education. He taught and was a building level administrator in Homewood City and Albertville City Districts in Alabama, and then served 24 years in Dalton Public Schools before retiring in 2012. Mr. Griffin earned his Bachelor of Science in education at Samford University and Master of Education and Education Specialist Degrees at the University of Montevallo.
Mr. Griffin is married, and his wife, Laura, is also a retired teacher from Dalton Public Schools. Their son Rob and his wife Mary Courtney live in Hall County, Georgia. Rob is a 2007 Dual Seal Graduate of Dalton High School and a graduate of Georgia Tech. Mr. Griffin is an Eagle Scout, an elder at ChristChurch Presbyterian, and past-president of the Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educator Association. He began his first term on the Dalton Board of Education in January 2018.
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Tulley Johnson, Treasurer
Tulley Johnson recently retired from the United States Postal Service and is an active member of the Dalton community. He has served in leadership positions in a variety of community organizations including the Dalton Recreation Commission, the Family Crisis Center, Boy Scouts, Dalton Education Foundation, and many others. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Dalton High School and Georgia State University. He is married and his children are graduates of Dalton High School. Mr. Johnson began his fifth term in office in January 2016.
Jody is a full-time wife, mother, and community volunteer. She is married to Chuck McClurg, and has two children, Charlie and Parker, both of whom are students at Dalton High. She is actively involved in various community organizations including The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and the United Way. Jody served for several years as a Trustee on the Dalton Education Foundation. She currently serves on the Dalton/Whitfield Zoning Commission and is an active member of Dalton First United Methodist Church.
Jody is originally from Florence, Alabama and moved to Dalton after graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management. She worked for Shaw Industries for several years before deciding to stay home with Charlie and Parker. Jody began her first term on the Dalton Board of Education in January 2020.
Sam Sanders is an attorney in private practice in Dalton, Georgia. After graduating from Southeast Whitfield High School in Dalton, he completed his undergraduate degree at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2001. Thereafter, Sam attended law school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since earning his law degree in 2004, he has worked in private practice locally at the McCamy Law Firm.
Sam has been married to his wife, Shauna, since 2000. They have two girls, Georgia Claire and Henley, who are students in Dalton Public Schools. Sam began his first term on the Dalton Board of Education in January 2020.
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Dr. Tim Scott, Superintendent
Dr. Tim Scott began his first term as Superintendent for Dalton Public Schools on Monday, March 19, 2018. Dr. Scott has 19 years in administration in both traditional high schools, non-traditional high schools and central office. He worked his way up through the ranks from varsity football assistant to his current position. Dr. Scott has been a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent before coming to Dalton. Dr. Scott has been involved in GAEL, GSSA, GASSP, NASSP, as well as his local Chamber Board throughout his career.
The schools Dr. Scott served as principal received the following honors: Title 1 Distinguished School in 2005; America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 by the Washington Post at Douglas County High, Best High School 2015 by U.S. News Report at Douglas County High and AP School by the College Board at Douglas County High in 2014. Dr. Scott graduated from Georgia College and State University with his Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education and Master’s in Educational Leadership. He also received a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
Dr. Scott is married and his wife Robyn is principal of Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Whitfield County. They have four children – Jasmine, Joseph, Kendall and Gabe.
The Dalton Board of Education members are Matt Evans, Tulley Johnson, Palmer Griffin, Jody McClurg and Sam Sanders.
The board meets in regular session monthly, usually the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
The meetings are held at the Dalton Middle School Quad (unless otherwise posted), 1250 Cross Plains Trail. Agendas are available on the BOE site.
After 35 years living in Dalton, including a career in education and most recently, serving as a member of the Dalton Board of Education, Palmer Griffin and his wife, Laura, will be leaving the area to live closer to family. At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, he announced his resignation from the board effective May 31st.
The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 Governance Team of the Year Award. The award honors a Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in governance.
The Dalton Board of Education has tentatively approved to reduce the operating millage rate to 7.95 mills from 8.095. This would be the second consecutive year to reduce the operating millage rate which was at 8.20 mills in the 2020 year.
Veronica Vital has been approved by the Dalton Board of Education as the new assistant principal for Blue Ridge School for the 2022-23 school year.