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As part of Thomas County School System's succession planning, Mrs. Brecca Pope (far right) is assuming the duties of Dr. Lisa Williams who will become superintendent of Thomas County Schools effective June 1. Pope takes on new role at Thomas County Schools

The Thomas County Board of Education has approved the appointment of Brecca Pope to the position of Director of Administrative Services at the Board of Education. Pope comes to the board office from Cross Creek Elementary School where she served as assistant principal for the past six years.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Thomas County Schools in this capacity,” Pope said.  “As an educator, I recognize the benefits of lifelong learning and look forward to my new role as Director of Administrative Services.”

In her new role, Pope will assume many of the duties currently assigned to Dr. Lisa Williams as Dr. Williams prepares to transition into her new role as superintendent designee.

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Jeanna Mayhall and Dr. Dusty Kornegay Mayhall retires from Hand-In-Hand Primary after 29 years

From now on when the school bell rings, Jeanna Mayhall won’t know what to do with herself. For the first time in almost 30 years, the retiring Hand-In-Hand Principal won’t be returning to the school campus at the break of dawn every week day. For Mayhall, who has been in the school environment her whole life, says “it will be hard to transition to the ‘normal’ world because my internal rhythm follows the rhythm of the school calendar.”

The beloved veteran educator who just completed her 29th year in education was sent off by an adoring group of family, friends and coworkers during a recent reception held in her honor. Mayhall received many gifts and was honored by coworkers who made signs and a slideshow, performed a humorous skit and entertained her with a song written just for her.

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On the playground is Dee Gaines (center) surrounded by kindergarten students Xalen James, from left, Sam Stewart, Destiny Hobbs, Rosie Cooper, and Blake Knisely. Gaines Named Next Hand-In-Hand Principal

Hand-In-Hand Primary School Assistant Principal Dee Gaines has been appointed principal designee to assume the role effective October 1, following Jeanna Mayhall’s retirement.  The Thomas County Board of Education approved the appointment at its meeting on September 12.

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Here Matters Here Matters Fulfills Teacher Wish List

Employees from Commercial Bank recently made a special delivery to a few of our first grade classrooms at Garrison-Pilcher.  Mrs. Melanie Robinson was selected as a recipient of the Here Matters program. Mrs. Robinson works with three first grade teachers and had her wish list of classroom needs fulfilled by the bank.  


A word about the Here Matters program from Commercial Bank:

Here Matters demonstrates our commitment to be the bank that leads and strengthens our communities and serves the needs of our customers through real, personal relationships. We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work and will concentrate on three categories of giving: Education, Needs-Based, and Health/Wellness.

Smallcakes Two Bakeries and Sweet Treats

Mrs. Vicki Warren’s 2nd grade class recently used two local businesses to learn to compare and contrast with two sweet field trips.  The class visited both Flowers Foods and Smallcakes Cupcakery.  The class was able to find many differences, but also many similarities between the large bakery and the small bakery.  With all of the fun of learning, they also enjoyed some sweet treats!


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