Model Middle nets Spelling Bee win

In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo Floyd County Schools Superintendent John Jackson welcomes parents and students to the system level spelling bee. 

Floyd County Schools Superintendent John Jackson announced his retirement Tuesday morning during a called board meeting.

Jackson plans to retire June 30. He started in the post as interim superintendent in September 2015 and was officially named to the job in March 2016.

"I promised board members who hired me that I would commit at least three years to serving as superintendent, and I am closing in on that time," Jackson wrote in a letter he read to the board Tuesday. "The work in Floyd County Schools has been the capstone experience of my career. It has been a very fulfilling experience and one that I will treasure the rest of my life."

In the letter, Jackson goes on to commend the "greatest resource" to the system, it's people.

"I have been honored to work alongside some of the most dedicated teachers and support staff in all of my career," he said. "These folks take their jobs to heart, care about our students and consider their work as their calling."

In 1987, Jackson began his administrative career at West Rome High School. He had taught at the school and then gone on to be assistant principal and then principal. When the high schools were consolidated into Rome High, he served there as assistant principal for a year and then moved to the central office as curriculum director from 1993 to 1997.

Jackson later served as the assistant superintendent of Oconee County Schools. He headed the system as superintendent from 2008 to 2012, when he retired.

After that, he worked part-time as an adjunct professor at the University of North Georgia in Gaines­ville. Jackson also served as interim superintendent for Rome City Schools from August to December 2014.