ON RADIO: Dr. Jeffrey Wilson will join us at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm
The incoming superintendent of the Floyd County School System wasted no time in jumping. Just hours after his official hiring — start date around July 1 — Dr. Jeffrey R. Wilson was attending the Armuchee Glenwood Education Foundation’s teacher celebration luncheon at “The Farm.” Never mind that he had to get home and then on the road again today for a charter school meeting (and calling in on a certain radio show from that location). Prepare for a rapid transition as the new school year is barely two months off.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Wilson of Cleveland, Ga., the current superintendent of the White County school system, has been named to lead Floyd County’s nearly 10,000 students starting in July. The announcement came just after 8 a.m., reports David Crowder of WRGA.
Wilson was selected from 35 applications and two other finalists, both already with the Floyd system — Dr. April Childers, deputy superintendent, and Dr. Glenn White, director of student services.
These updates from WRGA’s David Crowder:
“All the applicants were great applicants,” according to school board chair Chip Hood. “Dr. Wilson seemed to mesh with the board. He is a sitting superintendent and has previous experience in a charter school system.”
Dr. Wilson, who will start his new job on July 1, said Floyd County Schools has a great reputation. “I think it’s a good school system that has the potential to become a great school system,” he said. “Dr. Jackson has done a wonderful job. The support of the board was really attractive. It’s a cohesive board that works well together. As I began to look at the research on the schools, the schools are performing well and I really feel like its a place where I can come in, and as a group of folks, we can even take it to the next level. I am really looking forward to that. It looks like great personnel. By reputation, I know a lot of the folks who are around here and I am really looking forward to the opportunity.”
Media release from Floyd County Schools:
“This morning at a called Board meeting, the Floyd County Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey R. Wilson as the next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Wilson has served the last seven years as the Superintendent of Schools for the White County School System in Cleveland, GA and has worked in education for 30 years.
“ ‘ I think the Board’s ecstatic about the future of Floyd County Schools with Dr. Wilson,’ said Chairman Chip Hood. ‘Based on his resume, his experience, and data, he’s highly qualified for the position. Dr. Wilson is very people-oriented and has a good understanding of charter schools. We are excited to get him here and get started.’
“Dr. Wilson said he is excited about the new opportunity and thinks Floyd County Schools is a great school system. He will officially take office in Floyd County Schools on July 1, 2018.”
About Wilson: He brings an eclectic resume to the position, having worked in state education in South Carolina; on the college level both as an adjunct at Clemson and at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn.; as an assistant superintendent in Anderson, S.C.; as White County’s superintendent since September 2011; and was among the finalists for a superintendent’s post in South Carolina while being reviewed for the Floyd County position.
You’ll find his complete resume here: Dr. Jeffrey R. Wilson
Wilson replaces Dr. John Jackson who is retiring from the superintendent’s position after three years as both interim and full-time superintendent. Jackson came out of retirement to lead Floyd County through the aftermath of the maintenance department theft ring as well as to champion the 2017 education special tax vote.