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Former Anderson Educator to Head Rome County, Ga., Schools

Former Anderson County Educator Jeff Wilson has been named the new superintendent of the Floyd County School system in Georgia. Wilson, an Anderson native, is currently superintedent of White County, Georgia schools. Wilson previosly served as assistant superintendent of curriculum at Anderosn County School District Five.

While introducing himself to principals and administrators Tuesday morning after being voted in as the new superintendent for Floyd County Schools, Dr Wilson made it clear to all in the room relationships are the core of everything a school system does.

“I think it begins and ends with relationships and I’m looking forward to having those relationships with you,” Wilson said after introducing himself following the board’s vote.

Wilson, who has been the superintendent of White County Schools for the last seven years, was the only superintendent finalist from outside the system. The other two finalists were Deputy Superintendent April Childers and Director of Student Services Glenn White.

The hiring of Wilson concludes a three-month long search by the board for the person to replace the retiring Superintendent John Jackson, who plans to leave June 30. Wilson said he tentatively plans to start his new role July 1, but he still has to handle the move from Cleveland with his wife, he said.

“The board felt any of these three candidates would be great in leading Floyd County Schools,” Board Chairman Chip Hood said before making a motion to hire Wilson.

Board member Melinda Jeffers said the final decision was a challenging one for board members and they had to go into it with an open mind. She said Childers and White are extremely valued by the system. Ultimately, she said Wilson made an immediate connection with board members, and his success in leading a charter school system with a 95 percent graduation rate and a top 15 CCRPI rating spoke for itself.

“I feel like I’ve known him for a long time,” Jeffers said, adding his “out-of-the-box thinking” is a definite asset for the continued progress in the system.

“This was not a decision we took lightly,” Board Vice Chairman Tony Daniel said, after speaking to the 30-plus candidates of varied experience who applied.  “We definitely had the system in our hearts.”

Wilson was drawn to Floyd County through its reputation for having a dedicated and student-focused staff.

“It’s a good system with potential to be great,” he said.

Wilson extended his appreciation for White County Schools, but said he made the move to pursue a new challenge in his 30-plus years in education — and hopefully his final one.

“I hope to finish my career here,” he said.

From an example of his philosophy in White County Schools, Wilson said the aim of any system he leads is on student achievement and growth. This growth is rooted in fostering the relationship students and parents have with their school, he explained.

“We really focus on what we need to do to ensure that every child, whether they are severe and profound special ed or the brightest kids we have, is showing growth,” he said.

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