Retiring Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews enjoyed a reception at the Newton County Board of Education offices Tuesday afternoon with his wife Pat. Mathews is retiring at the end of this month, after 38 years in public education, including 21 years as a superintendent. They plan to relocate to Louisiana, closer to a lot of their family.
COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews presided over his last meeting of the Newton County Board of Education Tuesday.
During the meeting, the school board passed a resolution honoring Mathews for his service to NCSS, which began July 1, 2010. He will retire at the end of the month, after 38 years in public education, including 21 years as a superintendent.
The resolution notes how he increased transparency and led the opening of three new schools during his tenure.
It also notes how during his tenure, students' scores on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End of Course Tests significantly increased. He also increased the use of technology, it reads.
Mathews' portrait, along with the framed resolution, will hang in the E. Wendell Clamp board room at the Newton County BOE building, along with those of former NCSS superintendents Clamp and Dr. Steven Whatley.
"This is sort of bittersweet for me," Mathews said during the meeting. "I'm very proud of the progress the system has made during this time."
He added that he gives credit to the administrators and teachers, who are on the front lines. He noted that incoming Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey will continue the improvement.
"I will be your biggest cheerleader from afar," Mathews said.
Earlier in the afternoon, the system held a retirement reception for him at the BOE offices. Several staff members presented him with gifts and well wishes.