New state school chief names transition team

John Barge's committee includes Gwinnett superintendent

State School Superintendent Brad Bryant and Hall County School Superintendent Will Schofield will lead a who's-who of education, business and political leaders helping State Superintendent-elect John Barge transition into his new job.

Schofield will be chair of the Transition Advisory Committee, and Bryant will be vice-chair, Barge announced Friday.

Others serving on the committee are Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett school superintendent, Chris Carr, chief of staff or U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and state Reps. David Casas, Brooks Coleman and Tom Dickson.
Honorary co-chairs are Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones.
"I am honored that so many outstanding individuals are willing to give their time and expertise," Barge said. "I look forward to working with each of them, not only during this transition, but also throughout my tenure as State School Superintendent."

Barge, a Republican and career educator, defeated Democrat Joe Martin in the November general election. His four-year term starts in January.