LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss (WTOK) - A major change is on the way for one of this area's largest school districts. Lauderdale County's superintendent is announcing his retirement. For 15 years Randy Hodges has served as superintendent for the district, which has about 6,400 students.
"Over the years I've worked in North Mississippi, here and on the coast," says Hodges. "I've been a coach, a principal, a teacher and I'm ending as a superintendent."
For Hodges that will happen when his retirement takes effect June 30th.
"I made a decision to announce it now because I wanted to make it convenient for the board and them replacing the superintendent," says Hodges."So, that'll give them six months to decide how they want to do it."
Looking forward to spending more time with is wife of 47 years, two children and grandchildren, Hodges says this is the perfect time for him to retire.
"My health is great. I feel good. The school district is doing wonderful, and I want to go out on a high note."
"There's not a question about it," says LCSD Assistant Superintendent Ed Mosley. "If he wanted to stay, he would've been appointed for as long as he wanted to be here because he does an outstanding job as superintendent."
"I'm a public school person," says Hodges. "I think the future of Mississippi, and just the fact that 90% of the kids that are educated in this state are through our public school system is important. If we're to move forward and improve in Mississippi, a lot of it is going to depend on our public school system. I will always, always support public schools for as long as I'm able to."
Randy Hodges is a product of the Lauderdale County School District. In fact, he's a 1967 West Lauderdale graduate. His 15 year tenure as superintendent for the district has spanned from 1988 - 1992 and 2008 - to the present. Again, Hodges' retirement is set to take effect on June 30, 2018.