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New VHS Principal Named
Thursday, 26 February 2009

February 26--  A 37-year-old native of Metter has been hired to be the new principal at Vidalia High School next year.  Garrett Wilcox will succeed Mitch Harrington who is retiring after 12 years at the helm of VHS.

ImageThe Vidalia Board of Education unanimously approved Wilcox Thursday on the recommendation of School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith.  "Garrett Wilcox is a middle school principal from Tattnall County.  He's been in education for about 15 years and comes highly, highly recommended.  We are delighted he's going to be with us.  We're tickled to have him," Dr. Smith said.

Wilcox has his undergraduate and masters degrees from Georgia Southern and is working on completing his doctorate.  He's looking forward to moving to the high school level.  "Having an opportunity to meet with the group I interviewed with, it's obvious student achievement is held in high regard at Vidalia High School and I'm looking forward to being a part of that," he said.

The new principal will start a three-year contract July 1.  He thinks two immediate challenges will be the new math curriculum which will impact the school's students and the amount of funding and staffing the school will have given the austerity of state funding.

Garrett has been commuting to Reidsville Middle School for the past five years.  He's married to a Vidalia native, Blythe Matheson Wilcox, and they have two little girls, five-year-old Bess and three-year-old Cate.

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