Dr. John Green was presented Tuesday morning as the new leader of the Jackson County School System.
Lynne Massey-Wheeler, chairwoman of the Jackson County Board of Education, said Dr. Green was preparing for the opening of a new school in Madison, Ala., when the school system was able to lure him away to replace the retiring Dr. Shannon Adams as superintendent.
The board of education convened in called session May 17 in advance of the commencement exercises for the Jackson County Comprehensive High School Class of 2012 to unanimously approve Green as the new superintendent to succeed the retiring Dr. Shannon Adams.
He was principal of James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala., where he got the job to be closer to his daughter who was in her first year at the University of Alabama. He said Alabama was a great place to visit, “but thank you for letting me come home.”
For the presentation, Wheeler was joined at the podium in the East Jackson County High School auditorium by board members Tim Brooks, Michael Cronic and Celinda Wilson. Board member Steve Bryant was on an out-of-town business trip but sent his regards, Wheeler said.
Dr. Green urged the teachers and administrators to make eye contact with someone in the room they didn’t know and go and talk with them. After a few moments, he told them they were talking and listening – the key to building trust and forging relationships, something he will be doing in the community.
The auditorium was packed with school teachers and administrators who watched a PowerPoint presentation of highlights of the 2011-12 school year that included photos of those retiring from the system including Dr. Adams, Dr. Jeff Sanchez and Kathy Miller from the central office and teachers from several schools.
Green hinted that the teachers were anticipating the summer ahead and he realized he was “the last person standing between you and summer vacation.”
Green said, “I look forward to getting to know you.”
Dr. John Green said, “Today is not about me” as he explained that a fifth grader’s letter about leadership addresses what is important. Today is about you, he told Jackson County School System personnel.