The Jackson County school board named John Green, a high school principal in Alabama, as the school system's new superintendent during a brief called meeting Thursday that preceded Jackson County Comprehensive High School graduation exercises.
He takes over for Shannon Adams, who retiring because of health reasons. Adams has been the system superintendent since 2006.
Chairperson Lynn Wheeler-Massey opened the meeting, which was held in a classroom at JCCHS, and made the motion to hire Green "pursuant to the contract as presented." Those on hand in the audience applauded after the unanimous vote. They also gave a round of applause to Adams.
"We have a new superintendent, and I think you folks are going to be extremely happy," Wheeler-Massey said. "He's very excited about coming to Jackson County."
Green is principal of a high school in Madison, Ala., that is under construction. He retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools in June 2011 as an area superintendent.
Meanwhile, Adams expressed his gratitude to those on hand.
"I wouldn't have made it without all y'all," Adams said. "I appreciate you so much, and thank you everything you've done for me."
Said Wheeler-Massey: "We appreciate you and what you've done for our school system."
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