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Dr. Sandy Reid and Eric McDonald

During its regular meeting of the month, the Board of Education of the Vidalia City School System approved more leadership changes for the upcoming 2023/24 school year. Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox has announced that J.R. Trippe Principal Dr. Sandy Reid has been named the system’s Assistant Superintendent, and Curriculum Director. Wilcox also announced that Eric McDonald, who has been the Assistant Principal at Vidalia High School for the past three years will move to Trippe to fill the principals spot created by Reid’s departure.

 “I feel blessed for the opportunity to serve Vidalia City Schools in the capacity of Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent,” Dr. Reid said. “I look forward to working closely with school administration and school personnel to increase performance levels and continue building a culture that promotes excellent learning opportunities of all kinds for students across the district. I love this school system and I love our community and this is an opportunity to give back to both.” 

“The change in positions is bittersweet in that every opportunity comes with a cost,” she said, “and in this situation, the cost is my day- to- day interactions with the staff, students, and families at J.R. Trippe Middle School. These past 7 years as Principal at J.R. Trippe have been the greatest experience.  The relationships developed will last a lifetime, and the impact our team has made on the hundreds of students who have come through Trippe during this time is a gift.  I will miss being in this position but look forward to serving the same students, staff, and community through another role.  It will always be a great day to be a Chief!”

McDonald said, “It is a blessing to be named the Principal at J.R. Trippe Middle School. My family and I are excited for the opportunity to join such a wonderful work family and honored to follow Dr. Sandy Reid's leadership. I am thankful to Dr. Wilcox and the Board of Education for the opportunity to advance my career in administration and for all the opportunities I have been allowed in my time here in the Vidalia City School System. A huge thank you to John Sharpe and Bruce Mulkey for their guidance and faith in me as a school leader. I am extremely grateful for my time at Vidalia High School. My VHS family has been wonderful and I will miss them greatly! VHS is the best high school in the state due to our wonderful staff, students, and parents. I am thankful for a patient, loving family who have always been so supportive. I am looking forward to this new chapter and will always Rep the V!”

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