Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

February 26, 2013

Cason steps down

Roesch starts today as superintendent

VALDOSTA — Superintendent of Valdosta City Schools Dr. Bill Cason made a surprise announcement at Monday’s Valdosta Board of Education work session that, as of this morning, he will no longer be superintendent.

“This will be my last meeting as your superintendent,” said Cason as he addressed a room full of staff who were unaware and shocked by his announcement.

Cason felt that with newly appointed superintendent Marty Roesch named as his successor, it was causing too much confusion throughout the system.

“We have two bosses,” said Cason. “I feel very strongly at this point, that it’s best for the school district.”

In coming to his decision to leave his post immediately and in all the decisions he makes with the school system, Cason felt he needed to act as selflessly as possible for the sake of the children.

Cason will remain within the school system on an advisory basis until June but as of today, Roesch is the official superintendent.

“Marty Roesch is capable and ready,” said Cason.

Cason, working through tears, went on to thank the people he felt truly helped impact the decisions he made throughout his career.

“I want to thank the board and especially my staff, one of the strongest staffs I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”

Despite how difficult it was for Cason to announce his last day, he found room to insert a joke, indicative of the personable demeanor he has demonstrated through the course of his career at Valdosta City Schools.

“What will I miss most? Teachers and kids,” said Cason. “Board meetings –not so much.”

Roesch was just as shocked by Cason’s announcement as the rest of the room. However, this has been a position that according to Roesch, he has been preparing for his entire career.

Roesch worked up through the ranks from teacher, to assistant principal, to principal, to assistant superintendent and now, to the top, all in the Valdosta City School system across a span of 25 consistent years.

“This school system is very special to me,” said Roesch.

Roesch was at the football banquet when he received the call that he had been selected as superintendent. Not able to contain his excitement, and not in a position to make a phone call, Roesch immediately texted his wife. Her reply:

“When I met you 23 years ago, you told me this was your goal . . . I love you.”

Despite the surprise of an immediate start date, Roesch is ready and prepared to continue the good work that Cason started.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said Roesch.

With a new superintendent rising to the ranks, the Valdosta High School graduating class of 2013 may see a new graduation venue.

“On behalf of the 2013 senior class, they would like to have their graduation at the stadium,” said VHS principal Dr. Janice Richardson.

According to board member Vanassa Flucas, holding graduation at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium has been a constant request of parents and students over the course of roughly five years.

“I met with the senior class six times,” said Richardson. “They came up with their own plan.”

The class requested to have the graduation at the stadium on a Friday night. If it were to rain, each student would be given five tickets for family to watch them graduate in the VHS gym. Overflow guests would be located elsewhere watching the ceremony of a television.

The board met the request with mixed feelings.

Board member Bill Love had concerns of ruining the turf, having to purchase deck wood for protection and the heat.

Board member Warren Lee was in full support of the venue change, but suggested that the backup venue be changed to Valdosta State University.

Board chairman Trey Sherwood stated that the board would discuss the request further.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • N0041120.jpg Passover: A nation reborn

    “And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage.” — The Passover Hagadah

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-DFCS001.jpg Luncheon recognizes DFACS employees

    Dozens of Lowndes County Division of Family and Children Services employees gathered Monday at Olympic Park for a barbecue lunch in recognition of their hard work.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-Sewage002.jpg Fla. calls for Valdosta boycott

    Florida residents are calling for a boycott of Valdosta regarding the sewage spills, with areas affected downstream increasingly distressed over the millions of gallons that have polluted the waters of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River Basin during the last several years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • police-lights-backgrounds-for-powerpoint.jpg ‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

    A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results