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Worth County school chief retiring in June

SYLVESTER, Ga. -- At a recent Board of Education meeting, Worth County School Superintendent Jim McMickin announced he is retiring effective June 30.

Last month, McMickin had told school officials that he was planning to work through Dec. 31.

McMickin has been superintendent since 2007. Over the years, he had served in various roles in the school system, including teacher, assistant principal, Title 1 coordinator, technology director, personnel director and assistant superintendent.

"It is with mixed emotions that I am retiring from the school system," McMickin said. "Everyone has been very supportive over the years and I am very proud of the fact that everyone worked together in reaching our goal of all schools making AYP. This happened for the first time last year.

"I am very appreciative of our School Board. They have worked diligently in serving the students and citizens of Worth County."

McMickin said he plans to continue to reside in Sylvester.

"The School Board is very appreciative of all the years that Mr. McMickin has given to this school system," Worth County Board Chairman William Jenkins said. "He has progressed this system in all avenues, academic, as well as financial.

"His leadership and guidance will truly be missed. We wish him well in his retirement. The School Board at this time is considering all its options in filling this position. This includes hiring from within the system."

Worth County has a high school, a middle school, an elementary school and a primary school. The school system has approximately 3,700 students.