By Patrick Yost
The Morgan County Board of Education Monday unanimously approved the hire of Dr. Virgil Cole as the next superintendent of the Morgan County Charter School System.
Dr. Cole will replace current Morgan County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. James Woodard. At the Morgan County Board of Education meeting in November, 2019 Dr. Woodard announced that he would retire from education. Dr. Woodard’s last day with the Morgan County Charter School System is June 30.
Dr. Cole has been the Glynn County School System superintendent since 2017, according to his resume. He was introduced to the board Monday night after they accepted his appointment. Standing with his wife Molly, Dr. Cole said he was “honored and humbled to be here.”
“This is a special place with special people. I really appreciate this opportunity.”
According to Dr. Cole’s application, he has supervised a school system of 13,000 students with a $140 million budget. Under Dr. Cole’s leadership the county high school earned a 92.8 percent graduation rate, increased CCRPI scores from 77.7 to 83.7, reduced the number of “F” schools from three to zero and exceeded the state and RESA on Georgia Milestones for all high school End-of Course assessments.
“For 2019-2020, five of the districts nine elementary schools served through Title I were recognized as Distinguished/ Reward Choose by the Georgia Department of Education. For 2019 13 of the district’s 16 schools were designated as Beating the Odds buy the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.”
Dr. Cole will begin as superintendent on July 1. He said Tuesday that he and his family moved to Morgan County approximately one month ago after he tendered his resignation in Glynn County last fall. He said both he and his wife have been wanting to move to Morgan County for years and did so, he said, before he applied for and accepted the job. “It was a leap of faith. It worked out. We want to set our roots here.”
Dr. Cole played football at the University of Georgia and graduated with criminal justice degree. He then became a Rockdale County police officer and began working in schools as part of the D.A.R.E program. “I found that I admired principals and teachers,” he said. He said he also learned that he had “a passion for education.”
He then worked to get both a Masters and Doctorate degree in Education Leadership from Georgia State University.