For Immediate Release
SAVANNAH GA (March 28, 2014) – Jolene Byrne, a candidate for Savannah Chatham
County School Board president, was honored as a COMMUNITY STAR Friday during a
tribute ceremony at Savannah Technical College. Byrne was singled out among twenty
honorees for her service and dedication at work and in the community, while raising
funds for the Savannah Tech Foundation scholarship fund.
Byrne was praised for her dedication and contributions to public education, her
volunteer contributions through the West Broad YMCA, The Junior League, The
Savannah Children’s Choir, The Deep Center, the Inner City Night Shelter and her efforts
organizing children’s health awareness events.
Byrne’s career in education was also commended. She has taught at Groves High
School, The Coastal Comprehensive Academy, Savannah State University and Armstrong
Atlantic State University.
Howard Morrison said of Byrne: “Jolene is a team player who has the unique ability to
listen and lead diverse groups of individuals and organizations in working together to
achieve common goals.”
“This event has become a wonderful tradition for our community,” said STC’s Executive
Director of Institutional Advancement and Communication Gail Eubanks. “The people
being honored are amazing, and the sponsors are very generous. Because funds raised
support scholarships, Savannah Technical College students benefit directly.”
Byrne’s nomination was sponsored by Friends of Public Education, a growing group of
enthusiastic citizens in Chatham County, who are dedicated to continuing the positive
improvements in public education in Chatham County that have been achieved under
the leadership of Dr. Thom Lockamy, President Joe Buck, and the eight individual
members of the School Board.
The following members of Friends of Public Education attended the event to honor
SHEVON CARR / KATHERINE OXNARD ELLIS / JANE FEILER / PAUL FISHER
ELLIS FRAZIER / HARTFORD GONGAWARE / OTIS JOHNSON / TOM KOHLER
STRATTON LEOPOLD / DAVID LERCH / JIM MOREKIS / DICKY MOPPER
MARY MORRISON / HOWARD MORRISON / ROGER MOSS / MARTHA NESBIT
MICHAEL O’NEAL / CAROLYN PERRY / JAY SELF / BEA WRAY