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Two veteran educators appointed to housing board

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

Two longtime educators have taken appointments to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Clayton County, said officials.

Rubye Harris-Ball and Tonya Clarke join Chairman Curtis Greene, Vice Chair Dorothy "Dot" Morris and Treasurer James Searcy. Clarke serves as assistant secretary of the authority.

Harris-Ball most recently taught fifth grade at Brown Elementary School, but has lived and taught in Clayton County for 30 years. She calls herself a "true educator" who is semi-retired and teaches in small groups. She was appointed to fill an expired term of a previous board member and re-appointed in June.

"Once I learned of the voluntary, civic nature of service on the Housing Authority Board, I found the appointment appealing," said Harris-Ball. "I believe in volunteering and giving back to your community, and I want to make my community the best it can be."

Tonya Clarke is closing in on her 30th year in Clayton and is employed by the Clayton County Board of Education. She is a teacher-development specialist providing professional development mentoring and training for employees of Clayton County schools. Clarke is also co-president of the Lovejoy High School PTSA.

Clarke said she wants to support the increase of affordable and diverse housing in the community in order to build a stronger economic foundation in Clayton County.

"Housing issues also can affect the health and safety of our community when there is not enough diversity in housing, or if it is too dense or too sparse," said Clarke.

Clarke and Green are working toward certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

The five board members are appointed by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners to serve five-year terms.