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August 31--  The Toombs County school system has a new superintendent.

After an extensive search which attracted more than 40 applicants, the Toombs County school board voted Friday to hire Dr. Kimberly Corley, the principal of Lyons Primary School, to succeed Dr. Kendall Brantley who is retiring after more than 20 years as superintendent.

{mosimage}Dr. Corley is a graduate of Toombs County High School and has been with the system for nearly 25 years.  She has been a teacher at Lyons Junior High School and at Lyons Elementary where she also served as counselor and assistant principal.  Other jobs include counselor at Toombs County High School and test coordinator for the school system.

"It's a tremendous challenge that was not even considered without a lot of thought and a lot of prayer.  I wanted to do everything I can to lead our school system.  I'm a parent, I graduated from this school system, my children have graduated and I have one child who is still here.  I want to support our school system and our parents and the students who are here," she said.

Dr. Corley says she's under no illusion that she can fill the shoes of Dr. Brantley whom board members said Friday has left his mark on every part of the school system.

She says her advice to parents is the same as it's been throughout her career, "Get involved, be supportive and let's work together as a team so we can all be successful for our students.  If we do that, we can be the very best and the very brightest."


Welcoming Dr. Corley to her new job are school board chairman Daniel Caraway and (L-R standing) school board members Rahn Milligan, Wayne Kirkley, Darriel Nobles, Duane Tomlin, Jonathan Holland, Russ Benton and outgoing Superintendent Dr. Brantley.

Dr. Corley assumes her duties September 1.  Her assistant principal at Lyons Primary, Dr. Deanna Stoddard, will oversee the school until a permanent replacement is named, Dr. Corley says.