He's served as superintendent of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School for 12 years, but Dale Edwards said it's time to end his educational career on a high note.
Edwards retirement is effective Tuesday, after which District Supervisor Todd Phillipson takes the reins. Edwards leaves after the successful passage of the seven-year, 1-mill operating levy was approved by district voters in the November election, as well as successful negotiations with the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Teachers' Association for a new contract for teachers at the school.
Edwards previously was superintendent of the Harrison County School District for 14 years, where he oversaw consolidation of the county school district. He leaves JVS feeling he's accomplished his goals, he said.
Dale Edwards, superintendent of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, leaves his education career on a high note after the passage of the seven-year, 1-mill operating levy and successful negotiations with the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Teachers’ Association for a new contract for teachers at the school. Edwards, left, receives a plaque from the district board handed to him by Todd Phillipson, district supervisor, thanking him for his 12 years of service to the district. Edwards’ last official day as superintendent will be Tuesday, after which Phillipson takes over.
"When I was selected as superintendent, I was asked by board members - how long would I like to serve as an administrator at the JVS," said Edwards. "I told them at least eight years. I have been at the JVS 12 years. I still enjoy going to work every day and being part of a team that provides to the students who attend the JVS the best education possible."
Larry George, JVS board president, said Edwards provided leadership and direction to the district, as well as always kept the school up to date on what was required of students seeking a vocational education.