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May 19--  The Class of 2012 at Treutlen High School is the last that will be shepherded by school principal David Avery.

After 30 years in public education, 23 of which were spent in the Treutlen County school system, Avery is retiring.  For the last eight years, he has been principal at the Treutlen Middle/High School in Soperton.

{mosimage}"First of all I'd like to thank my parents, Wayne and Ina Avery.  They instilled good Christian values in me and a strong work ethic. Also, a couple of people in Toombs County I worked for.  Coach Ed Smith and I student taught under Coach Anson Callaway.  Those two gentlemen taught me how to work with people and deal with people and I learned a lot from those two guys," he remembers.

Avery ends his career closing down the building which currently houses the Treutlen Middle/High School.  The Class of 2013 will spend their last year in high school in a new school building which is nearing completion north of Soperton on Highway 29.

"It's really going to great for these kids and the county.  Mr. Ellington and the Board of Education deserve a lot of credit for getting that to become a reality.  It's going to be a great thing.  It's a really, really nice building," the retiring principal observes.