AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Sumter County School employees and community leaders gathered on Tuesday afternoon to welcome the new superintendent to town.
Former Baker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates is now leading the Sumter County system.
He said he wants to make it the top system in the state by working with principals to add more structure in the schools and building unity among faculty.
Interim superintendent Dr. Larry Walters is confident with Dr. Choates leadership.
"He brings a good background to this position. I enjoyed my time here, but now it's his time," said Dr. Walters.
"I'm grateful the new high school is going to be a pivotal moment of every school system, when you talk about the career academy, the dual enrollment, move one when ready. I mean the opportunity is just awesome," said Dr. Choates.
The school board is now looking for land for a new high school.
Dr. Choates plans to visit every school next week and will hold a town hall for parents in the coming weeks.