Griffin, GA-Dr, Quimby Melton, III, principal of A. Z. Kelsey Academy, has announced that he will retire effective October 1, 2011. Dr. Melton's retirement was approved by the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday, September 27.
In addition to serving as principal of A. Z. Kelsey Academy, Dr. Melton also served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Griffin High School.
Dr. Curtis Jones, Superintendent, said of Dr. Melton, "Quimby has always had the best interests of our students at heart. His compassion for all students regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic condition or academic performance is consummate. He truly wanted no child to be left behind in school. I have the highest regard for him and wish him the best in his retirement. "
The retirement of Dr. Melton has put into action cost-containment measures for A. Z. Kelsey Academy as well as Taylor Street Achievement Center, the alternative education program for middle and high school students who have been unsuccessful in their home school because of their conduct.
Dr. Curtis Jones, Superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System said, "It makes sense to combine the administration of two small schools when we are looking for every opportunity to cut costs to meet a projected shortfall of $6 million next school year.
"Mrs. Janet Ware will assume the principalship of A.Z. Kelsey Academy as well as continue in that role at the Taylor Street Achievement Center. Jamie Cassady, assistant principal at Griffin High School, will transfer to be assistant principal at the Taylor Street Achievement Center and A. Z. Kelsey Academy.
"Although those schools serve different populations in different locations, the number of students enrolled currently is 175 students."
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