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Mary Sue Polleys Steps Down From State Board

   Dr. Mary Sue Polleys, who has been the 3rd District representative on the State Board of Education since 2007, has resigned from the board to return to teaching, effective immediately.     "I appreciate the opportunity of serving with State Superintendent Kathy Cox, the fine people on the Board, and the dedicated professionals in the Department of Education," Dr. Polleys wrote in a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue, who nominated her to the board in April, 2007. "Georgia has people of high character and competence in charge of K-12 education, and it has been a great privilege to count them as colleagues and friends."     Dr. Polleys will teach part-time at Columbus State University leading a freshman seminar class that will help new students be successful in higher education. However, state law prohibits members of the State Board from being employed by public colleges or universities.     "Thank you for the great honor of representing the Third Congressional District and for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for the last two years," Dr. Polleys wrote to Gov. Perdue. "I apologize for serving less than the entire term, and I regret having to make this difficult decision."     Dr. Polleys has dedicated her professional life to education in many different roles and served for 13 years on the Muscogee County Board of Education. Superintendent Cox said Dr. Polleys will be missed.     "Her broad range of experience as an educator and a local school board leader made her an invaluable member of the State Board," Superintendent Cox said. "We will miss her insight, her knowledge and her expertise."     Gov. Perdue will appoint a replacement for Dr. Polleys, but no timetable has been set for naming a new board member.