Chair, Mr. Almond Turner,
Almond Turner is a 1968 graduate of the Historic R. L. Cousins High School and attended Fort Valley State College where he majored in music. He also attended DeKalb Community College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He furthered his education at Troy University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a 1982 graduate of the FBI National Academy (Quantico, Va.), as well as a 2002 graduate of Columbus State University’s Command College.
In 1996, he was elected to the Newton County Board of Education and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. During his tenure as a board member, he employed his law enforcement and security experience to improve safety measures throughout the school system which includes the installation of cameras in all school buses. He also fought for changes in school policies to make sure that any policies implemented would be fair and equitable to students, teachers, and administrators. He is committed to supporting teachers and insuring they have the necessary tools needed to provide children a quality education. He has been and continues to be an earpiece and a voice for the community.
Almond Turner has also been appointed by the Georgia School Board Association to serve on the Georgia School Board Association’s Governmental Operations Committee and the Federal Relations Network.
He is a member of the Community Band and serves on the boards of the Newton County YMCA, The Newton County Partnership and the Newton County Leadership Collaborative.
Mr. Turner was born in Covington, Georgia to Lavancy Maxey Turner and the late Almond Turner. He is married to the former Anita Franklin and they have three children, Dwahn, Shaye, Shundra, and seven grandchildren. He is member of the Springfield Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and oversees the Ministry Protection Team.