Primm Turning A Page

For the past six years, Dr. Fred Primm has led the Sumter County School District. But earlier this month, he accepted a job to head up the Bessemer (Ala.) School System. Following a long hard battle to consolidate Sumter County's two high schools, Primm says there are several reasons why he chose to leave now.

"It's bittersweet," he said. II think at a certain point sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to take the system to the next level."

After one failed attempt in 2006 to pass a tax referendum to consolidate Sumter County's two high schools, the school board approved an alternate plan to finance the effort three years later.

Primm says with the consolidation complete this fall, it's a good time to bring in new leadership.

"Because we've gotten the school complete, we're getting ready to have our financial intervention lifted hopefully July 12, if all goes well with the state department," said Primm. "It's not a matter of abandonment, because everything that needed to be done has been done."

Offering words of thanks to school employees, parents, students and the community at large for support during his administration, Dr. Primm says the basis of his decision was primarily personal.

"Right now, my hometown is on on the other side of the state. So, this puts me closer to my hometown in terms of spending time with family and things of that nature," Primm said. "It (the school district) was surviving before I got here. It certainly will survive when I leave, and hopefully, in the middle of those two things, I made a contribution to this county."

Dr. Primm's last day on the job is next June 30.


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  • by Stacie Knox on Jun 27, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Dr.Prim is leaving, but i am not sad to see him go, the school system was working find, but now we have teachers out of jobs and a of confusion.The people that live in sumter county and have children in the school system should have had a say in building a school. The schools were fine,Livingston High had been rebuilt from the fire(new school) Sumter High just needed some renovating the gym is new. We did not need a new school, NEW board members should be elected for letting Prim do as he please!!Now Livingston High is gone, its good enough for UWA.Dr Prim came to sumter to MESS up the school system and that`s what he did and make sure UWA got livingston high, the new school is not finish and don`t have money to finish. What are we going to do now
  • by Ray Location: Sumter County on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Dr. Prim is now leaving after combining the two schools, He's not going to see the problems through. Where are the parade going to be held? Where are the teachers going? Are they going to be out of a job or what, they all have families instead of laying people off they should be trying to give them jobs because the unemployment rate is high enough. Will we be able to vote for the next supertendent? I just want to know.
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