Columbia County Schools superintendent, Dr. Sandra Carraway, retiring

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COLUMBIA COUNTY (WJBF) – Columbia County school Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway is saying farewell. She announced her retirement at the Board of Education meeting last night.

After a 36 year journey, Dr. Sandra Carraway will be retiring in June.

The educational veteran served as a teacher, principal and leader of the Board of Education.

She says quote:

“I am very grateful for the honor and privilege to serve students, their families, and the faculty and staff of this district, and I look forward to watching others continue the tradition of educational excellence in the future.”

Dr. Sandra Carraway, Columbia County Schools Superintendent

Those that have seen her rise into her position, never doubted her.

Board of Education member, Judy Teasley, says, “it came as no surprise to me when she was elected as superintendent. She has always been the very best that you could hope to find in any capacity from my experience.”

The superintendent’s former student is also looking back at the three decade career. Mercedes Adams went to Evans High School. Her mother worked with Dr. Carraway for 20 years.

“It’s amazing I mean to stay at one job for so long and also help the community with kids. I mean, it’s marvelous,” says Adams.

With a less than average school year, the Board of Education got to work as soon as the meeting ended.

“We met in Executive Session and worked to form the preliminary steps to forming a committee to do a Superintendent search and that will be underway, well the steps will be taken beginning this morning,” says Teasely.

As far as who may take her spot, the Board does not yet know. They will miss Dr. Carraway, but they do hope this is speedy and efficient transition for both herself, and the upcoming candidate.

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The superintendent of Columbia County Schools is retiring.

Dr. Sandra Carraway sent NewsChannel 6 a statement Wednesday morning:

I have joyfully served this school district as a teacher, a building level administrator, and in the superintendent’s office for what will be this coming June 33 years of a 36 year career.

 Working together with our Board, the community, teachers, and school district leaders, we have endeavored to provide our students with the best education possible in a safe, positive environment. I am very proud of our accomplishments.

I have been contemplating retirement and to help ensure a smooth transition and continued forward progress, during our board meeting yesterday I shared my intent to retire at the end of this school year, Lord willing.

I am very grateful for the honor and privilege to serve students, their families, and the faculty and staff of this district, and I look forward to watching others continue the tradition of educational excellence in the future.

Dr. Sandra Carraway – Columbia County Schools Superintendent

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