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Liberty Middle principal to retire in June

COVINGTON --Another Newton County School System principal has announced his retirement for the end of the school year.

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews announced Monday that Liberty Middle School Principal Vic Lee will retire at the end of the current school year, effective June 30, after 37 years in public education.

"Mr. Lee, a well-respected and successful principal, will be sorely missed by many and we wish him and his family all the best now and in the future," Mathews said in an email. "Most recently, Liberty Middle was recognized by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement for being in the top echelon of Georgia schools for the greatest gains among schools (95 percentile) on the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Additionally, Liberty enjoyed more than 20 percent of its students exceeding standards on the CRCTs."

Lee has 18 years of teaching experience and 19 years of administrative experience.

He began working in NCSS in July 2002 as an assistant principal at Newton High School, where he worked until 2008. He then worked as assistant principal at Sharp Learning Center in 2008 and as acting principal at Sharp until 2009, when he moved to Liberty.

Mathews expected the position to be posted Monday but did not announce a timeline for selecting a replacement. The Newton County Board of Education next meets May 8 for a work session and May 15 for a regular session monthly meeting.

In March, Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis, Newton County Theme School Principal Ruth Anne Smith and Eastside High School Principal Dennis Roddenberry announced that they also will retire at the end of the school year. All of their positions have been filled with current NCSS employees.