Henry County voters will have the opportunity to elect a new school superintendent next year, but they may see changes sooner than expected.
Henry County School Superintendent Dennis Coe announced he will not seek reelection.
His term expires at the end of this year, but he plans to announce his resignation at Thursday’s board meeting.
Coe will vacate the office within the next two month.
“After many hours of though and prayer with my wife and family, it’s just one of those things where we feel God is leading us in a different direction,” says Coe.
In his 7 years, Coe has overseen the completion of a new campus right here at Abbeville High School. There have also been improvements at other schools within the county, like new classrooms, libraries and cafeterias.
It’s not just these physical improvements that Coe is most proud of. He says the system has made progress academically as well.
“We’ve shown improvement every year that I’ve been in office. When I took over our graduation rate was 60 percent. Last year it was 84, which is better than the state average. I certainly don’t take all the credit for that. It was a team effort.”
The school board will appoint an interim Superintendent for the remainder of the year.
Coe says the Henry County is stacked with qualified educators, and he expects the improvements to continue.
“This system has been good enough for me to send my children through it, and it’s still good enough for me to send my grandchildren through it,” says Coe.
He couldn’t release where his new job is taking him, but he will remain in education in the area.
The deadline to qualify for the Superintendent race in Henry County is this Friday evening at 5.