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May 13--  A 1981 graduate of Vidalia High School is returning to be the school's new principal next school year.

John Sharpe was selected by the Vidalia school board at a called meeting Friday afternoon.

{mosimage}"When I first got into education, I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and professionals who had a tremendous impact on my life.  My dream job then was to be the principal at Vidalia High School.  I just love the community, I love the school.  I'm beyond excited and very humbled to have the opportunity to come back and lead our school,"  he says.

With all the challenges facing public education today, Sharpe says the key to success is parental involvement and that's something he plans to encourage at Vidalia High School.

Sharpe taught social studies at Vidalia High School for seven years before spending eight years as the Assistant Principal at Sally Meadows Elementary.  From there he moved to Lee County High School where he only spent a year before returning for a seven-year stinit as Headmaster at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons.  He's currently the principal at Johnson County High School in Wrightsville.

He will succeed Dr. Garrett Wilcox in July.  Dr. Wilcox is giving up one of his two hats in the school sysem and will focus on his duties as school superintendent.