Black History Month: Superintendent Betty Orange

It’s all in a day's work for Betty Orange, Early County's four-year school superintendent.

Orange works budgets, and checks on the four schools she overseas, which more than 2000 students learn in them daily.

"I try to get out into the schools as much as I can,” Orange says. “I want them to know that I would like to see what's happening in the classrooms and interact with the students and talk with the teachers."

As a graduate of Albany State and Georgia Southwestern University, Orange began teaching 31 years ago.

However, Mrs. Orange says her greatest challenge from being a female or an African American was her age. At the age of 36, she became the first black female principal of the County Middle School and that was after integration back in the 1970's.

From there, she served as the assistant to the Early County School superintendent and was then elected to take over as the first black school superintendent.

"I've had a lot of support from my central office level staff who are experts in their areas,” Orange says. “They are also key factors in my being able to do the kind of job that we've been able to do here."

Orange who wears many hats takes the most pride in one of them, as a grandmother of two.

Come late June, she'll be hanging up her hat as school superintendent to focus on her family.

Under her leadership, Early County Schools have gotten a larger budget, renovations, and construction.