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JMCSS Superintendent Announces Retirement

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- A surprise announcement was made Tuesday night by the leader of the area's largest school district.

To the surprise of most everyone at the monthly meeting of the Jackson-Madison County School Board, Superintendent Buddy White announced he will retire at the end of this school year.

White assumed the top spot of the school district, first as interim superintendent at the end of the 2011 school year. 7 Eyewitness News asked him why he decided to retire now.

"Well, obviously there is a 33-year long career and you reach a point where you want to give that retirement option a try," said Superintendent Buddy White of the Jackson-Madison County School System.

A Madison County native, White began teaching in 1980 and has served in various roles within the school system, from classroom teacher to director of operations, the position he held before taking over as superintendent.

He said he wanted to make the announcement as soon as possible out of respect for the search process.

"When you are the superintendent, you have an obligation to your community and to your constituency, I think, to inform folks of your decisions in a timely manner that allows the community to adjust and allow the board to react appropriately," said White.

Also at Tuesday night meeting, the new leadership of the school board was elected. David Clifft was chosen to serve another term as chairman of the board, while long-time member Dr. Joe Mays was elected as vice-chairman.