With the loss of one of its assistant superintendents to the Thomas County Schools System this week, the Thomasville City Schools System had the task of filling the slot or redistributing duties.

Dr. Dusty Kornegay, former assistant superintendent of administrative services, was released from his contract during a called Thomasville City Board of Education meeting Monday in order to accept the position as superintendent of Thomas County Schools.

“We hate to see Dr. Kornegay go but we understand,” board chairman Matthew Conyers said. “He did a great job for us and I’m sure he will do the same for Thomas County.”

Kornegay’s city system duties included finance, facilities, maintenance and operations, and teacher contracts (benefits).

Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett, who was at an out-of-town meeting Tuesday, told the Times-Enterprise in a late afternoon phone interview that Kornegay’s appointment is no surprise and the system did not wait until the last minute to look at its options.

“We had anticipated that Dr. Kornegay would be quite a formidable competitor for that job, started doing some looking at people in the database who might fit in that position, and came up with a comfortable transition plan of duties,” the superintendent said.

At this time, a new assistant superintendent of administrative services will not be hired; instead, Kornegay’s duties have been redistributed.

Dr. Tom McCall, the system’s director of assessment and curriculum, will take over Kornegay’s maintenance and operations duties; Jocelyn Thompson, personnel director, will take over teacher contracts (benefits), according to the superintendent.

Finance duties will be helmed by a new finance director, Dr. Daniel Oldham, a Thomasville resident with 11 years of education experience, who was approved at the called meeting.

For more on this transition plan and the finance director position, see an upcoming edition.

Kornegay will help with transition and training of these individuals. His last day with the city system is June 30.

“Of course, we’re going to miss Dusty,” Boykins-Everett said. “He is a highly respected administrator and it is no surprise that he would be tapped for a promotion to be in a top leadership position. We certainly wish him well and I think he deserves the opportunity.

“While we’ll miss him, we will move on and be about our business of running the Thomasville City Schools. I do think that, because of our past working relationship, this will be quite a comfortable opportunity for collaboration between the school systems.”

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