By REBECCA HAZEN
Dade County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jan Irons Harris said goodbye to board members, administration, staff, students and community during her last Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.
“Dr. Harris we cannot ever fully imagine the load you carried as superintendent, especially through COVID. Being a leader takes courage, discipline and determination,” Board Chair Carolyn Bradford said. “The successes that we have enjoyed during your tenure have not come without great cost. We know that you have given your all to make things better for the people of Dade County.”
Dr. Harris was presented with two gifts. The first gift was a painting by local artist Ken Pennington. The frame was made by Rodney Morgan, out of reclaimed barn wood from a farm in Rising Fawn.
The second gift was a wooden Christmas tree crafted by SkillsUSA member students, from instructor David Howard’s class.
Dr. Harris was also presented with a bouquet of five pink roses, one rose for each year she has been superintendent.
“As I complete my service as Superintendent of Dade County Schools, I’d like to thank the Dade County Board of Education for the opportunity to serve for the last five years in this key leadership position,” Harris said. “I am proud of the work we did together as a team and with our team of administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and community members for the benefit of our deserving students.”
“I want to thank God for the opportunity to come here and I will always treasure my memories of the great people of Dade County. I am looking forward to sharing more time with my husband … Additionally I look forward to more fun times with my wonderful loving parents.”
Harris continued, “I want to thank our community, parents, and our entire team for your support and friendship. I want to thank my closest team members, which are the principals and the county office team. I want to thank Cynthia Daniels, who is my assistant. I would have not been successful without her support and hard work.”
“We have a wonderful team and I have no doubt that our best days are ahead … I will continue to have Dade County in my thoughts and prayers,” Harris said.