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School Board Hires Interim Superintendent

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Sumter County School Board has named retired Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Larry Walters as their Interim Superintendent. In his first meeting with Central Office Staff on Monday, Dr. Walters described himself not as an agent of change but as a good listener who was willing to work with teachers and staff to figure out ways to improve their working environment.  Dr. Walters brings an impressive resume to Sumter County, having just served as Lee County Superintendent for twelve years and having been Superintendent of the Decatur City School System in Alabama for seven years before that. Named the “Man of the Year in Lee County in 2015,” he was described at the award ceremony as, “. . . a man of impeccable character who is personable, even-keeled, perceptive, approachable, intelligent, thoughtful, witty, straightforward, pleasant, and a good listener.”   He was credited by the previous Lee County Superintendent for changing a dysfunctional administration to one based on trust, teamwork, and cooperation.  Dr. Walters said he is likely to remain in Sumter County for either three or six months while a search is carried out for the next superintendent.