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      Pastor represents DCSS parents statewide

      A local pastor will join 35 others across the state to make up the Georgia Parent Advisory Council (PAC), announced by State Superintendent Dr. John Barge on Monday morning. Rance Pettibone is on the second of his two-year term and says he has many plans for Dougherty County.

      Pettibone and the other members will meet with Superintendent Barge three times a year to discuss education issues that are prevalent in Georgia, but the main focus will be on increasing parental involvement which has been known to boost student success.

      "I think we've gotten to a point where parents think 'We pay the teachers, we give them everything they need, why do I need to be there?' You need to be there because it's your child, that's why you need to be there," said Pettibone.

      To encourage more parents in Dougherty County to become involved, Pettibone is holding a reading contest for students and parents where the three winners will receive a summer vacation.

      To serve a two-year term on the PAC, a parent must be nominated by their school district then get chosen by a committee comprised of Georgia Department Education representatives based off an interview.