Haywood Schools superintendent to retire

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Dr. Anne Garrett has announced her retirement as superintendant of the Haywood County Schools effective March 1, 2018.

Dr. Garrett has been superintendent for 13 years and has been very successful. During her tenure she has led our school district from 40th in the state to 11th in academic achievement. This places Haywood County Schools in the Top 10% in the state of North Carolina. Haywood County Schools has enjoyed success not only in the classroom, but has excelled in all facets of education under her guidance.

Dr. Garrett has been a Teacher, Lead teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Countywide Supervisor, Associate Superintendent and Superintendent. Dr. Garrett was selected by the Haywood County Schools Board of Education in 2004 to become superintendant and has led the district to outstanding achievements.

Honors that she has received include being named the N.C.A.E. North Carolina Superintendant of the Year and Haywood County’s Person of the Year. Dr. Garrett has also been inducted into the Western Carolina University Peak Performer Hall of Fame.

When the floods from Frances and Ivan damaged Central Haywood High School, Pisgah Memorial Stadium, The Education Center, and the Clyde Gym Dr. Garrett led the system to recovery through her hard work and supervision. During this time of recovery Dr. Garrett worked diligently with elected officials, community leaders, and all stakeholders in the passage of a $28 million dollar bond. This bond passed with strong support throughout the county and enabled the school district to improve many of our facilities plus build the Bethel Elementary School.

“It has been a blessing working with Dr. Garrett and the board will miss her outstanding leadership. Dr. Garrett has been a great asset to the citizen’s of Haywood County, Haywood County Schools and all of our employees. She has been an inspiration to me and I will continue to seek her advice” said Chuck Francis, Chairman of the Haywood County Board of Education.

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