Bell County School Board votes in new superintendent

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The Bell County School Board voted in a new superintendent Tuesday night.

After serving two, four year terms, current superintendent George Thompson will be replaced with a superintendent who is very familiar with the Bell County school system.

After serving as Bell County superintendent for eight years, George Thompson will no longer lead the school system after the Bell County School Board decided to go in a different direction for the next four years.

"I think our district has done very well over the eight years. Our student performance and achievement levels have experienced unprecedented growth," said Thompson.

Thompson says those academic strides were made with less and less funding each year.

"We've literally had to do more with less, and we have done more with less. And the student achievement data will bear that out, but it's been tough," said Thompson.

Tuesday night, the school board voted to appoint a former superintendent who retired the year Thompson took over.

"I think I rested for a year. After that year of rest, I don't think I have ever been satisfied in retirement. I miss the children, I miss the employees," said former and now future superintendent Yvonne Gilliam.

She says she is ready to jump back into this role and keep the school system moving forward.

"I want our teachers to be excited about teaching. There is a lot of stress out there, and I want to alleviate as much of that as I can," said Gilliam.

Gilliam says she appreciates what Thompson did over the past eight years, and she is ready to take on all of the challenges school systems are faced with in today's tough economy.

Thompson says he is not sure what he will do in the future.

He says he will likely retire unless another opportunity arises.

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