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March 9--  The longtime school superintendent of the Toombs County school system is resigning.

Dr. Kendall Brantley announced his decison at Thursday night's meeting of the county school board.  The resignation is effective Tuesday, March 13, however, Dr. Brantley will remain as interim superintendent until a replacement is found.  He's also agreed to mentor his replacement if needed to assure a smooth transition of leadership.

Dr. Brantley has been with the Toombs County school system since 1981 when he started as a teacher and coach and later served as principal of Toombs Central.

School board member Duane Tomlin has been on the board during Dr. Brantley's entire tenure.  "He has always worked above and beyond the call of duty in trying to meet the needs of children.  He has great strength in budget and legal issues and was a master at matching state, local and federal money so the money could go as far as it could go," Tomlin notes.

Tomlin also credits Dr. Brantley with providing needed facilities.  "He was instrumental in making a lot of upgrades in our schools.  We've made improvements in our older schools and built a new upper elementary and new middle school and are in the planning stages with the approval of the SPLOST and bond issue of going ahead and initiating the new high school and new Toombs Central Elementary School.  He is going to be greatly missed," Tomlin said. 

The school board plans to ask the Georgia School Board Association to assist in the board's search for a new superintendent.