“At this time I have no more action to bring before the board … ever,” she said, and the room filled with laughter.
It was the final Floyd County Board of Education meeting for Plunkett, whose superintendency will come to a close at the
end of this month. Jeff McDaniel, who has served the school system as chief of academics for the past three years, will assume the position come December.
“You’ve just become friends of mine and you will always be friends of mine,” said a beaming Plunkett to her board members and attorney, King Askew. “I joke and I call these guys my work husbands because I actually spent more time with them over the last five years than I do with my real husband. I can tell you without reservation, this has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life. And if I had it to do all over again, I’d do the very same thing.”
Bevels described Plunkett’s retirement as bittersweet. “We are going to miss Lynn,” he said. “But at the same time, we’re excited about working with Dr. McDaniel and watching our school system go forward, even though it’s kind of bittersweet. We’re going to miss her, but at the same time, we’re excited about Jeff coming on.”
Board member Terry Williamson said Floyd County Schools benefited immensely throughout the past seven years under Plunkett’s leadership.
“We all read the newspaper, and we all know what’s going on across the country and taking place,” he said. “We have some weak school systems, but we do not have a weak system in Floyd County. And that’s due to her leadership, and I look forward to the same results from Jeff.”
In other action:
“Our revenues have come in at a little over 18 percent, which is very good because we usually don’t start getting our local tax money until probably around October or November,” she said. “But we have started to receive some of that property tax collection. Our total expenditures were at 25.42 percent, which puts us at .42 percent (approximately $381,000) over budget.”