Peach schools superintendent announces retirement

alopez@macon.comApril 18, 2014 

Joe Ann Denning

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The superintendent of Peach County schools announced her retirement Friday afternoon, which will become effective at the end of June.

Joe Ann Denning will have served in the position for three years and worked in the district for 27 years at the time of her retirement.

“It has been an honor,” Denning said in a district news release. “I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish. Although we are at a good point, there is still much work to be done, and I am confident that the district will continue to move ahead.”

Denning is retiring on June 30, the day her contract ends with the district, school board Chairman Jamie Johnson said in a telephone interview.

“That was pretty much her choice,” he said.

The board will have to vote on the matter, but Johnson thinks someone will be brought in after Denning’s departure to serve as superintendent on an interim basis for about one year.

Johnson listed some of the district’s accomplishments under Denning’s leadership in Friday’s news release, including the return to a five-day school week for students and teachers, the development of a balanced budget throughout her tenure, and the reinstatement of the central office Curriculum and Instruction Department, which focuses on improving student achievement.

A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Denning joined the Peach County School System in 1987 as the assistant principal at Hunt Elementary School. She served in several administrative roles in the central office including director of federal programs and director of student services before being named superintendent in July 2011.

“Mrs. Denning’s commitment to the district and love for the students of Peach County will be missed,” Johnson said.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 256-9751.

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