Laurens County Schools Superintendent resigns

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Laurens County Schools Superintendent Juli Alligood is resigning.

She has served the district for more than 25 years.

An educator’s heart lies with children.

“There’s a lot of time that I end up doing things that don’t seem to be too school related,” said Alligood.

Laurens County Superintendent Dr. Juli Alligood is no different.

“If the water bill goes up $40,000, I’ve got to try to figure out why, and doing those kinds of odds and ends of things–it’s not what I love to do,” said Alligood.

It’s her heart that’s taking her away from the superintendent position–she’s resigning at the end of June after months of thought.

“I enjoy being with children in the building, and I don’t see a whole lot of children in the building,” said Alligood.

What’s clear is the issues the county faced while she was superintendent weren’t the main reason.

“We’ve kind of rolled from one hot media topic to the next during my superintendency,” said Alligood. “I’ve been in Laurens County for 25 years. I thought, I don’t know another superintendent who has gone through all this–all these hot topics, be it prayer at the ballgame, corporal punishment.”

She’s proud of what she’s achieved, but it’s time to move on.

“Laurens County’s a great school,” said Alligood. “We’ve got phenomenal students and excellent teachers. And I think everybody has their heart in the right place. I just think as difficult as it might be, you have to stay focused on the work.”

That work falls to the new superintendent and the Board of Education, which will be charged with finding a replacement.

Board member Kenny Payne says Alligood has done a good job.

“I think the superintendent job is a very stressful job,” said Payne. “I think it’s very fluid from month to month. There a lot of decisions to be made.”

He hopes they’ll be able to move past the recent bullying concerns.

“I hope we can continue to work on how we can address bullying,” said Payne. “Get it decreased, get it identified, and if it needs to be prosecuted to that point, then let’s get it prosecuted.”

Payne says the board will meet to discuss the superintendent search Friday at noon in a called meeting.

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