Manous will take office as District 4 representative for the Paulding County Board of Education Jan. 1, filling the vacant seat currently held by Michael Skelton who did not seek re-election after 12 years on the board.
“It’s a tough time in education right now,” Manous said. “People are saying you can’t get a good education in public schools. If it’s broke, let’s fix it. That’s what I’ve always done in business.”
Manous is director of sales for Atlanta Office Liquidators and has been in sales his whole career, working with startup businesses as well as corporations such as Aaron’s.
The new board member said his experience in business and talks with District 19 state Rep. Paulette Braddock, a former school board member, are what prompted him to run for the board.
“I’ve gotten to know people out here through the chamber, and I decided we needed somebody with a little business experience on the board and take a professional approach,” said the Austell native, who has lived in Hiram for 12 years.
Manous said he believes a school system with a good reputation would help the county’s economy.
“If you’ve got a good school system, you can attract good business,” Manous said. “That’s how Cobb County really grew. We’ve got good resources out here [in Paulding]. Now, we just need to figure out how to use them.”
In terms of specific goals for his time on the board, Manous said he hoped to help balance the school board’s budget.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we have a $7 million deficit,” he said. “We need to get in there and figure out how we are going to turn that around.”
Manous won the Republican nomination for the seat and will be unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.
He will be attending some training sessions for his new position in November.
“My goal is just to get in there and make sure we’re doing the right thing and what’s best for our children,” Manous said.