Valdosta Daily Times

March 20, 2014

Former City Schools superintendent contracting with county

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

LOWNDES COUNTY — Dr. Bill Cason, previously the Valdosta City Schools superintendent, has signed a contract with the Lowndes County School System.

Under Cason’s contract, he will be working two to three days per week, assisting the system in building their 2014-2015 school year budget.

“Based on his experience and background in budgeting and finance, Dr. Cason was hired by Lowndes County Schools to assist with the 2014-2015 budgeting process by analyzing revenue, expenditures, student enrollment, class sizes, and previous years’ budgets,” stated Lowndes County School’s Superintendent Wes Taylor.

Cason served as the VCS superintendent for five years and worked in education for 46 years.

In the fall of 2012, Cason announced that he was being forced to retire as the VCS superintendent. The announcement came following a change to House Bill 208, which related to the employment of a retired teacher as a full-time teacher or in other capacities. The issue for Cason came from the fact that he had already retired in Georgia once, from LaGrange, as associate superintendent. He was receiving retirement from his position with LaGrange while working as the VCS Superintendent.

Originally, Bill 208 was set to automatically repeal on June 30, 2016. This meant that Cason would be forced to retire in 2016.

However, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated changed in 2012, changing the automatic repeal date from 2016 to June 30, 2013.

The announcement from Cason was made in September 2012, and while he could continue to serve as superintendent until June 30, 2013, Cason stepped down from his position in February 2013 once Martin E. Roesch had been elected as his replacement. Though Cason stepped down, he still continued to serve VCS as an advisor until the end of his term in June 2013.

Cason’s current contract with Lowndes County Schools has no specified start or end date, according to the school system.