Coweta County School System Director of Facilities Ronnie Cheek has been named President of the Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators (GASFA).
Cheek – who has overseen facilities construction and maintenance for the school system for 20 years – began a two-year term as GAFSA’s President at the organization’s annual conference in Savannah in October. He takes the helm of the organization from Tim Amerson of the Forsyth County School System.
“It is outstanding to see Ronnie take this role,” said Searcy Jackson, who serves as GAFSA’s executive director. “He brings tremendous experience to his position, both with school facilities management and with our organization.”
Cheek has been a member of GAFSA since becoming Coweta School’s facilities director in 1994, and has served as a GAFSA board officer for 10 years.
It is gratifying for both Cheek and Jackson to work together in the organization. Jackson – also from Coweta County – served as the Coweta school system’s facilities director before retiring in 1994. Cheek – who came to the position after a career in commercial construction – succeeded Jackson in the role.
Cheek has served in the job throughout much of Coweta County’s growth in the 1990’s and 2000’s, which resulted in the construction of several new schools over the years, as well a renovations, upgrades and additions at all of Coweta’s schools. Cheek said GAFSA has proved to be a significant resource for Coweta and many other school systems in Georgia. This is the organization’s 25th year.
GAFSA was founded in 1989 to promote better understanding and cooperation between state and system-level facility administrators, to address their concerns, and promote and stimulate their professional growth. Jackson was among the school facility administrators who established the organization, and he has seen it grow to include well over 100 Georgia school systems.
Cheek said he looks forward to helping the organization continue its professional development and support activities for school system facilities management in Georgia.