By: Laura-Jane Hatcher
It was a bittersweet meeting for the Floyd County School board Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Lynn Plunkett, who has served in her post for five years, gave her final reports to the board. With her retirement less than a month away, she was honored at the meeting with a video presentation that brought tears to eyes of board members and guests alike.
Though her parting is sad, the board is excited by the prospect of up-and-coming superintendent Jeff McDaniel’s leadership. Plunkett said she has all the faith in McDaniel, and wishes the best for the Floyd County School system.
“I want to see them go to places that I never even dreamed of going with the school system. And I know they will, its wonderful leadership, absolutely amazing board, great faculty, great students, great community, and I cannot wait to see all the great things that are going to happen,” she said. “Dr. Jeff McDaniel is going to be wonderful. I’ve worked with him for 10 years; he’s a very dedicated young man and I think they’re going to do very, very well under him.”
McDaniel said he has some big shoes to fill and he already set clear goals for his term as superintendent.
“We’re going to focus on our gradation rate,” he stated. “We’re going focus on teacher effectiveness; we’re going to focus on our students, ensuring that they have all the possibilities to graduate high school and all the skills they need to obtain the pathways in their lives.”
McDaniel will take the helm December 1st, but don’t expect Plunkett to disappear. As a graduate of both Coosa and Berry College, this is her home. She laughingly told the board she looks forward to spending her children’s inheritance while residing in Floyd County.