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County Line Superintendent stepping down

County Line Superintendent Joan Jones has 34 years as an educator under her belt, seven of them at the County Line School District at Branch, and she will retire at the end of this school year.

“I’m going to go play grandma,” Jones said Wednesday. “I’m leaving happy, and I want to leave happy because I loved being in education.”

The School Board chose High School Principal Taylor Gattis as her replacement, effective the July 1 start of the new school year, Jones said.

Gattis is a County Line graduate, Jones said.

Gattis worked at Paris School District before returning to County Line as an agriculture teacher. He was promoted to high school principal about four years ago, the superintendent said.

Gattis holds a master’s degree in educational administration.

As for Jones, she and her already retired husband of 36 years love to travel and to spend time together, and they plan to do that while they are able.

“It’s a new chapter in my life, and … I had to think long and hard about it (retirement) because I love my career,” Jones said.

She said she’ll be leaving with lots of fond memories of her time at County Line, but her primary memory will be of how supportive the staff, School Board and community are of the school.

What she’ll take with her, Jones said, “is the good working relationship, and the staff is committed to and supportive of the school and very caring to the students and supportive of the parents. The board has always been very supportive. It’s just a very supportive community.”

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