By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Morgan County School Board accepted Superintendent Ralph Bennett’s letter of resignation after Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Bennett is set to retire from his position at the end of this school year. Bennett wrote in his letter to Chairman Nelson Hale, that “health considerations” were ultimately behind his decision to retire.
“It has been a gift to have been able to spend my entire professional career in Morgan County. At the same time, trying to make the very best decisions for children, as you know, can place a tremendous mental, emotional and physical burden on those ultimately responsible. With this in mind and after careful consideration, I have decided that it is necessary, due to health considerations, to retire.” Bennett praised the school system for their dedicated work to care for the children of Morgan County.
“The greatest strength of the Morgan County Charter School System is its people. It has been my privilege to have been able to work with you, the Board and the educators in Morgan County as we have worked to do the very best for children,” wrote Bennett. Bennett has spent his entire career in Morgan County.
He has worked as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, an assistant superintendent, and has served as the superintendent of schools for last three years. “Dr. Bennett has been a true leader for our school system. He cares about our students and their success. His kind, moral character brings out the best in every one of us. His high expectations for all have made us better leaders, ourselves.
He has led our school system in the creation of a high performance culture by keeping a close watch on the budget (every day!), meeting regularly with teachers, parents, administrators, and community/state leaders while leading our collaborative efforts to improve student achievement,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
“He has allowed us to recognize and make full use of our own strengths to better our school system. He makes us proud every day that we are a part of the Morgan County Charter School System. He will be missed,” added Burbach. The board will start the search for Bennett’s replacement, said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
“There is a process to go through and it’s a pretty a long process,” said Burbach. Bennett assured the board that he would remain flexible while board selects his replacement. “While my contract expires on Jun. 30, 2014, I will be available, at the Board’s discretion, until a suitable replacement is found and to facilitate a smooth transition,” wrote Bennett. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that you and the Board provided me,” closed Benne