THOMASVILLE — The groundwork has been laid to begin a search for a new Thomasville City Schools superintendent.

The current superintendent, Ben Wiggins, is the sole finalist for the position of Colquitt County School System superintendent. Wiggins has been superintendent for one year.

The first step in addressing the vacancy is to decide on a superintendent search firm, said Kejar Butler, city school board chairman.

"We will have several to present to us at the first January board meeting," she said.

Board vice chair Dr. Hazel Jones said the board is moving forward with the search process in an effort to provide leadership for the students, the community and the school district,

"The students are our top priority," she said.

Butler said the board is looking for a superintendent who will continue the panel's commitment to the school system's main theme of academic excellence, the arts and athletics.

"We will look for somebody who will come in and be a champion to the children," she said.

Butler said she is confident the right person will be found.

In 2020, Thomasville City Schools ranked No. 1 in SAT scores and in ACT scores out of 38 counties in the Southwest Georgia region. Thomasville City Schools has been No. 1 in southwest Georgia in SAT scores for four of the past five years, ranking No. 2 behind Lee County Schools in 2018.

The achievement put the school district in the top 11 percent academically of all school districts statewide.

Thomasville City Schools was founded in 1900. About 2,900 students are enrolled in five schools in the district. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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