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Peach County school superintendent to retire

Peach County's school superintendent is retiring. Joe Ann Denning has been in the top seat for the school system since July 2011, but her education service spans a much longer time period. She's got 44 years as an educator, according to a news release sent out today from Sara Mason with Peach County Schools.

Denning says her last day will be the end of this fiscal year- June 30.

In the news release, Denning said, "It has been an honor to serve as the Superintendent and an even greater honor to have been a part of the District for a total of 27 years. After much consideration and coming to the realization that I have accomplished my goals, I made the decision to retire. I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish. Although we are at a good point, there is still much work to be done, and I am confident that the District will continue to move ahead."

She continued, "The Board of Education has been very supportive as the District has had to face many challenges."

Board Chair Jamie Johnson said "Under the strong leadership of Mrs. Denning, the District accomplished a significant number of goals:

  • Completion of the $7.5 million HVAC project
  • Development and implementation of a District Strategic/Continuous Improvement Plan
  • Obtaining SACS Accreditation with Quality
  • Full compliance with Federal Programs
  • Refinement of the Scope of Work for the PCHS School Improvement Grant (SIG)
  • Successful completion of the Race to the Top (RT3) Grant Initiatives
  • A return to a five-day work week for students and teachers, which increased the number of instructional days for students
  • Use of "Wise Spending" and development of a balanced budget for three years
  • Reinstatement of the Curriculum and Instruction Department, which increased focus on improving student achievement
  • The District saw gains in student achievement.

Denning joined the Peach County school system in 1987 as the Asst. Principal at Hunt Elementary school.


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