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Farewell to Superintendent William Valentine

 Friends wish Valentine Farewell
Friends wish Valentine Farewell

Upon his retirement from public education in the Lauderdale County School System, Superintendent William Valentine presented these closing remarks at the December 4, 2012 board meeting. Mr. Valentine had a farewell reception at the Lauderdale County Board of Education on December 12. Family members, members of the community and school employees extended heart-felt thanks for his service and wished him a happy retirement.

Final Board Meeting Remarks

December 4, 2012

William Valentine, Superintendent


Tonight, barring any unforeseen occurrences, will be my final Board meeting of my term as superintendent. The next scheduled Board meeting will be December 20, 2012. At that meeting, Ms. Jennifer Brown Gray, interim deputy superintendent and superintendent-elect, will act in my place as my official deputy in presenting my recommendations in writing to the Board. Over the coming days, I will be closing out my time as superintendent and my association and employment after 37 ½ years with the Lauderdale County Board of Education.

 I extend my grateful appreciation to these current Board members and to all past members of the Board with whom I had the opportunity to be associated. I also extend my appreciation to the Central Office staff – past and present, to all employees – past and present, with whom I have had the privilege to serve. I earnestly say “Thank You” for all of your service, assistance, and cooperation.

 I am most appreciative to the many students, parents, and community members of Lauderdale County Schools with whom I worked and met over these years. In addition, I have valued the trust and responsibilities that the public and the voters bestowed upon me in my 7 years as superintendent.  

 My greatest professional appreciation must go to the Lauderdale County School System itself which made it possible for me to have the life as a student and as an educator that I have truly enjoyed throughout the years. The teachers of Wilson School taught me to read, to write, to do math, to think, to appreciate --- they educated me so that I could move successfully through life. The school system provided me with a job that afforded me a life that has been wonderful. By being a part of Lauderdale County Schools, I have met most of the people, especially my wife Nancy, who have had the greatest impact upon my life. Our school system is solid and causes positive changes in the lives of the children that it serves. No matter how long I would work, how long I will remember or live, I can never really repay my indebtedness to Lauderdale County Schools or to public education.

 Public education must continue, must grow, must improve, must be supported, and must be available to the millions of people like me who without it would not have had the opportunity to truly experience, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as “endowed by our Creator.”

 Again, “Thank You” to all . . . may God bless and protect you, our schools, and may God bless these United States of America.