JEFFERSON — Departing Ashe County Superintendent Todd Holden shared some final thoughts and comments with the board of education during the monthly meeting on Monday.
Holden, who will officially resign from his post on June 30, spoke very highly of the Ashe County School System and the county as a whole.
“I have really enjoyed working in Ashe County Schools and I am going to miss it. What I’ve been telling people is that when they ask me if I’ve changed my mind, I tell them, ‘Well, do you ever have buyer’s remorse?’ I’m having leaving remorse. It’s too late now, so we have to move forward with it,” said Holden.
Holden said that he being inside the schools and seeing things happen was one of the best parts of the job. He also thanked the administrators, students and teachers for being part of the Ashe County school system.
“I also want to thank the principals for putting up with a dumb old country boy from Mississippi. The teachers and the students are amazing. I go into the schools and they call me by name to come talk to them or show me the deer they got that was bigger than mine. It’s just been a lot of fun and I will miss it immensely,” said Holden.
During his closing comments, Holden took a moment to acknowledge his replacement, Phyllis Yates.
“I know that Mrs. Yates is going to do a great job and help continue to help direct this county in the path it’s on right now and continue to do well and support our principals and teachers. I want to congratulate her publicly for that,” he said.
During the June 6 meeting, the school board approved the school meal prices for the upcoming school year. The price for student meals will remain the same while the cost for adult meals will increase by 25 cents.
The board also approved a request to take bids on food, food supplies, ice cream, bakery items, dairy products, juice, water and isotonic beverages for the upcoming school year.
One-year teacher contract and administrative contract recommendations were approved as well.
Ashe County JROTC instructor MSG Chalk Wetmore received approval to send some JROTC Husky Battalion members to the JROTC Leadership Challenge Camp in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, June 11-16.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.