Interim named after Worth Co. Schools superintendent resigns after 5 months

Interim named after Worth Co. Schools superintendent resigns after 5 months

SYLVESTER, Ga. (WALB) - In May, the Worth County Board of Education hired Dr. Shannon Norfleet as the system’s new superintendent. In a letter dated Wednesday, School Board Chairman Hubert Souter stated that Norfleet has resigned, effective immediately, citing personal reasons.

Worth County Schools' legal representative Tommy Coleman responded and said it was “a surprise for almost all the board members except for the chairman.”

Tommy Coleman
Tommy Coleman (Source: WALB)

Here is a copy of a letter that was given to WALB by a news source:

The school board met in a called meeting Wednesday night for a closed session on personnel.

No further details have been released and school system officials could not comment any further on why Norfleet decided to leave.

“I really can’t. Those (details) are between the board and him. As far as the board of education is concerned, the matter is closed,” said Coleman.

Norfleet had signed a three-year contract at an annual salary of $130,000. Norfleet came to Sylvester after serving as the principal of Thomasville High School. Norfleet was one of three finalists for the superintendent role.

“Both parties have agreed to not enforce the contract, if you will, so they accepted his resignation. The contract at this point is not enforced" explained Coleman.

School leadership has named Director of Curriculum and Assessment Dr. Djana Goss as the interim superintendent.

Dr. Djana Goss
Dr. Djana Goss (Source: WALB)

Goss said she would comment at a later date regarding her new position as interim superintendent.

A school board meeting was held Thursday night.

Dr. Norfleet was not mentioned, however, board members went into executive session to discuss personnel and litigation matters.

WALB News 10 also attempted to email Norfleet through his school email but it was rejected and sent back.

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