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Schools superintendent to retire in June
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Schools superintendent to retire in June

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Newton County School System superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has announced his retirement.

Mathews' final day as superintendent will be June 30, 2013.

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He wrote a letter last Wednesday to the Newton County community, in which he outlined his reasons for retiring.

"Simply put, at age 60 in May, and after 38 years in public education inclusive of 21 years in the superintendency, I want to spend much more time with loved ones including my five grown children," the letter says.

Mathews' letter also thanks the school board, teachers, principals and office staff of the Newton County School System "for their dedication to and success at this important work."

"Our emphasis on high probability instructional strategies, building student background knowledge, integration technology in classrooms, and the establishment of Professional Learning Communities is the right course which will, I believe, long outlive my time here," Mathews says in the letter.

READ | Dr. Mathews' goodbye letter

The board of education will form a search committee to find a new superintendent.

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