During a special called meeting held on Saturday morning, May 30, the Monroe County Board of Education finalized an agreement which terminates its seven-year relationship with Superintendent Anthony Pack. The action followed an executive session with their attorney. In returning to open session, the Board voted unanimously to enact a previously negotiated “no cause” separation provision in the Superintendent’s contract.
On behalf of the Board, Chairman Dr. J. Ray Grant made the following statement:
“It is time for this school district to move forward, and that begins with this decision. It has been approximately three months since the District provided Mr. Pack’s school-issued electronic devices to law enforcement. As of today, the District has not received any information that Mr. Pack used those devices to commit a crime. During those three months, the District and its employees have continued operations without an official chief executive officer. The Board believes it is in the best interest of the District, staff and students to take whatever action it can now so that all involved can move on.”
Following the action invoking the “no cause” provision, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Mike Hickman as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Hickman’s appointment is effective immediately.
The Saturday morning special called meeting of the Board follows Friday night’s Mary Persons High School commencement exercises which brought the 2014-15 school year to a close. Today’s action paves the way for preparations for the 2015-16 school year starting Monday, June 1.
Anthony Pack joined the Monroe County School District as Superintendent in June, 2008. During that time, Monroe County’s Schools have been consistently recognized among the highest performing in Georgia. Recently, Monroe County School District had Middle Georgia’s only top score in the state School Climate Ratings.
“Mr. Pack has always placed the best interest of the students at the forefront of the school system,” said Dr. Grant. “His efforts have been reflected in the success of our students and our schools. For that we are and will continue to be most appreciative.”
In naming Dr. Hickman to serve as Interim Superintendent, Dr. Grant said the Board feels confident the students and the system will continue to be in good hands. Hickman, along with Assistant Superintendents Angie Dillon and Jackson Daniel have shared the leadership position of the district for the past three months.
Dr. Hickman currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Middle & High School Curriculum and Personnel. He joined the Central Office in 2012 after having served five years as principal of Monroe County Middle School. Prior to that, he taught at Mary Persons High School, was an assistant principal at Mary Persons High School, and was an assistant principal in Pike County. He is a 1984 graduate of Mary Persons High School and is a lifelong resident of Monroe County.
Welcome to the Monroe County School System, a dynamic school system located in the heart of Georgia near both Macon and Atlanta. Our system is known throughout the state for its tradition of educational excellence for all students. With a theme of "Honoring the Past while Creating the Future," we look to add to this tradition with a "Commitment to Excellence" in everything we do.
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