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proved the finalization of Rentz with a 4-1 vote, with Board Member Eugene “Pete” Ward voting against the action. Davidson clarified the purpose of this action. “No official action on employment of the finalist may be taken for 14 days from this announcement,” he explained. “State law says school boards must announce between one and three finalists before a final vote.”
Rentz is a Georgia Southern University alumnus, having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 1985. He received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1999, and in 2003, he acquired a Doctorate of Education Degree from Argosy University. He began his educational career in Johnson County, where he worked as a teacher for the 19891990 school year. Rentz then worked for 11 years as a teacher at Jeff Davis Schools in Hazlehurst. He served as Principal at South Rabun Elementary School from 2001-2008 and as Assistant Principal at Habersham County Schools for 6 years before returning to Jeff Davis Schools. Rentz worked as the Jeff Davis High School Assistant Principal and Director of Communications beginning in 2014, before ultimately retiring as Superintendent in 2019. Official action and decision on the employment of Rentz is scheduled to be addressed during the October 18 regular monthly meeting.