Thomas County -- August 12, 2011 --
Thomas County School Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay says though he's only been in office a few weeks, he's already getting settled in nicely and he's gotten a lot accomplished.
Says Kornegay, "I believe that we can take a really, really good school system and make it even better."
County schools have only been back for a week (August 8, 2011),but Kornegay has been hard at work all summer transitioning to his new role.
Many challenges, like the ever-shrinking budget, have been tackled.
Kornegay says Thomas County will be working with three million less than last year in its $35 million budget.
Kornegay talked about the challenging task saying, "To balance the budget we had to impose eight furlough days on all our system staff, as well as reduce a number of positions."
Kornegay says a new reading program has also been implemented at the kindergarten level; report cards for high schoolers have also been revamped.
Before his switch to the county, Kornegay worked at Thomasville City Schools as an Assistant Superintendent.
But when asked the all-important question about football allegiances, he doesn't hesitate:
He says, "That's pretty easy.I grew up a Yellow Jacket I'm back home.I'm a Yellow Jacket."
Kornegay says he's pleased to be serving as superintendent and he's excited for what's ahead.