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June 6--  The principal at Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia is resigning.  School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox reports Sean Sasser has submitted his resignation effective June 30 to pursue his desire to become a youth minister.  

Sasser started as a teacher in the Vidalia City Schools in 2007 and became a principal in 2015.

Dr. Wilcox says he has begun the process of finding a successor.


The Class of 2017 at Vidalia High School did something no other class has done in recent history, according to Principal John Sharpe, "They are the first class since I've been here or even since Dr. Wilcox was here which has graduated 100% of the students who started the Fall with us as seniors."

Sharpe says the high school's graduation rate has steadily increased over the past few years, "This year everyone of them made it and we hope this year in the Fall when they release the graduation rate that our rate will at least be in the 90th percentile and hopefully we can exceed last year's 94%. As short as ten years ago we were down in the 60% graduation rate but over the past five or six years years we've seen that rate grow from the 70's to last year when it was 94%.  We're excited about that trend and hope it continues."


When school resumes in August, there will be a new commander of the Junior ROTC Thunderbolt Regiment.

jrotcdraughnCadet Lieutenant Colonel Miyah Middleton (right) is succeeding Grace Draughn at the helm.

"I plan to help other people learn skills to become a better leader, be ready for the real world and to learn discipline," she said, adding "As I joined JROTC, it showed me that later on in life when I leave home, I have to stay on top of my work and make sure I'm a better leader."

The Thunderbolt Regiment includes students from school systems in Vidalia, Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties and holds classes at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy in Vidalia.