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Dr. Charles Garrett today winds up more than 11 years as superintendent of New Albany Schools, years that have brought positive change and improvement to local education.
He is leaving the district in a much better position than when he came, and his successor, whether it is interim superintendent Jackie Ford or someone else, will not be faced with a need for a major change in course.
During his time in New Albany, the district has built a new elementary school and extensively remodeled both the middle school and high school. And the schools have been renamed to reflect the community, not individuals.
“I thought it would be good to have all of the schools named after the town,” he said.
It has helped nurture a feeling of community, the feeling of one town, one goal to have the best public schools possible with the resources we have.
Garrett also instilled team leadership in our schools and is known for pushing an atmosphere of predictability and consistency in our schools.
Last year he was named the Mississippi Superintendent of the Year by the state Association of School Administrators. At the time a state school board member said Garrett’s defining characteristic are that “he has an amazing work ethic, has the courage of his convictions, possesses a value for education, and possesses the empathy that allows him to relate to those he wishes to influence.”
Garrett has had an effective way of getting things done without being divisive. He has been good for our schools and good for our community.
We join the community in thanking him for his service.