THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams' evaluation after a closed session at a Tuesday night meeting.

"Her evaluation went very well," said school board Chairman Dan Stewart. "I think she did an outstanding job her first year, and I'm looking forward to the next year."

Williams' contract will be renewed in the near future, the board chairman said.

Williams described her first year as Thomas County School System superintendent as "amazing."

"Overall, we have accomplished a great deal as a system this year," she said. "Due to the hard work of our staff and students, our test scores have increased in the majority of the measured areas. Our students have continued to win numerous awards and recognitions at the local, regional and state levels. Enrollment has continued to increase, and we have ended the year with a budget surplus."

She pointed out key hiring decisions for the upcoming school year — Joe Regina, Kristen Swan and Dr. Dale Graham.

Williams said she is eager to see the Thomas County Central High School band program flourish under Regina's leadership.

Graham, she said, will continue to oversee the MERIT program at Thomas County Middle and Thomas County Central High schools.

"Like many of our stellar programs, our MERIT program is growing by leaps and bounds," Williams said. "Our system level curriculum department is leading the efforts of increasing the academic rigor and alignment of our curriculum. We should reap the benefits of this by seeing a continued increase in our test scores."

A modernization project at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School is planned for the coming school year, along with other system and school-level security and safety projects.

"We are projecting for our enrollment to continue to grow, and based on our approved FY20 budget, we should not have to request a tax increase for this coming school year," Williams said.

Expressing appreciation for the school board's continued support, Williams said she looks forward to many more years of working together to help the school system grow and continue to be successful.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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