After five years leading the Bulloch County Schools System, Dr. Lewis Holloway resigned his position as superintendent during an executive session of Thursday’s regular Board of Education meeting, effective June 30.
Holloway accepted a similar position in Starkville, Miss., with the Starkville School District. The district’s Board of Trustees voted in a special-called meeting Thursday morning to hire Holloway.
“I’ve got great friends here that I’m truly going to miss,” said Holloway, who took over as superintendent in July 2007, coming from Athens-Clarke County. “I want to thank the original board members that brought me to Bulloch County and the confidence that they placed in me. I will miss the staff and the Statesboro community.”
At the end of Thursday’s Bulloch County BOE meeting, members recessed into executive session. After about 10 minutes, Holloway exited the board room and left.
He submitted a letter to BOE Chairman Maurice Hill and the rest of the board asking them to accept his resignation.
“It is with regret I ask the board to allow me to resign my position of superintendent … .” He wrote. “It is my hope that the legacy I leave behind will help the students of Bulloch County meet their achievement goals in the years ahead. I will deeply miss the great staff and people of Statesboro.”
After discussing Holloway’s resignation and other matters for 40 minutes, board members reconvened and voted unanimously to accept his request.
Hill said the board will “move forward in the search for a new superintendent” as soon as possible so there will be no interruption.
The Bulloch County BOE will begin the search process for a new superintendent to lead the District for the 2012-13 school year and beyond, possibly using the Georgia School Board Association as a resource for identifying and screening qualified applicants.
In response to Holloway’s resignation, former BOE Chairman David Ball said, “I think there is no greater compliment to our school district than to have other school systems come to see what we’ve accomplished with our new buildings and technology. We are a cutting-edge school system, and that is his (Holloway) legacy here.”
Ball served as Board chair throughout Holloway’s time of service.
In his letter of resignation, Holloway cited his accomplishments during his five-year tenure, including mention of “significant strides” regarding improved technology, state-of-the-art buildings and improved graduation rates.
Beginning in August 2007, new schools were built and opened for Southeast Bulloch High, Nevils Elementary, Statesboro High, Julia P. Bryant Elementary, Portal Middle/High and Sallie Zetterower Elementary. A new Mattie Lively Elementary will be open for the 2012-13 school year.
“In my tenure of five years with the Bulloch County Schools System, we've seen much growth and change,” Holloway said.
Holloway is very familiar with Starkville, the home of Mississippi State University, where he received his Master of Education degree.
The Starkville School District is one of two public school systems that serve Oktibbeha County. It has six schools and 4,400 students. Bulloch County has 15 schools and 9,750 students.
“The (Starkville district has) areas they need ramping up in technology,” Holloway said. “Test scores and assessments are issues there. Starkville is like a lot of districts — there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Board president Keith Coble said it was Holloway's extensive experience as a superintendent that made him stand out from the other candidates.
"He's been a superintendent for many years. He's been a superintendent in many districts. He's been a superintendent in college towns," Coble said.
Holloway signed a four-year contract at $175,000 per year beginning July 1. Holloway’s salary in Bulloch is $165,150.
James Healy may be reached at (912) 489-9402. Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.