DALTON, GA (WRCB)- Whitfield County Schools are searching for a new superintendent. At Monday night's School Board meeting, Chairman Louis Fordham announced Superintendent Danny Hayes is retiring effective March 31. Hays' wife Rhonda Hayes, who worked in Dalton Public Schools, has accepted a position as superintendent of Crisp County Schools in south Georgia.
Hayes has served as superintendent since July 2010, and his three-year contract was due to expire at the end of June. Assistant superintendent Linda Gilreath, a former principal, is reportedly a front-runner to serve as interim superintendent, and might also be a candidate for the permanent position.
On the school district website, Hayes is described as a proud parent, grandfather, and longtime educator, "who works closely with leaders across the district to manage the daily operations of the school system. His work ensures that local, state, and federal guidelines, rules, and laws are implemented in our schools. (He) also collaborates with leaders in the community and strives to be a partner with his colleagues in education, government, and business.
His career began in 1979 as a physical education teacher in Leesburg. Since then, he has served as teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, curriculum director, and human resources director at other schools and districts around the state. He has also coached middle and high school basketball, baseball, football, and wrestling.
Whitfield School Board members say they are working to find a replacement as quickly as possible.