Celebrating two major milestones in Decatur County

Robert Bibbs is retiring after serving 56 years on the Decatur County School Board. He is the longest serving school board member in the State of Tennessee!

The Decatur County Educational System is proud to celebrate two major milestones in the education field of Decatur County on Thursday, May 5, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Riverside High School and everyone’s invited to attend! The event will be a come and go, meet and greet celebration with light refreshments.

Robert Bibbs is retiring after serving 56 years on the Decatur County School Board. He is the longest serving school board member in the State of Tennessee! According to the Tennessee School Board Association, “no greater honor can be bestowed upon a citizen than membership on the local school board. The office calls for the highest character and a dedicated interest in the welfare of all children, youth and adults in the community. The best, most capable and most farsighted citizens of each community should be drafted to serve on the school board. To be a school board member is to serve the future of your community, state, nation and world.” Bibbs says he has loved his school board term serving the seventh district of Decatur County as well as the rest of the county. He says it is now time to step aside and let some “young blood” step in.

The dual celebration will also be in honor of the Decatur County Retired Teachers’ Association that is celebrating its golden anniversary for 50 years in the organization. All former students are urged to come by the Riverside cafeteria to say hello to their former teachers and share memorable stories.

Decatur County has always had great teachers and continues to carry on that tradition with the present teachers. Great teachers motivate, inspire and lead as they interact with the community to affect positive change through their students and themselves. Teaching is a complicated job demanding knowledge, enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning. Teachers also need a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. Decatur County has been blessed to have had teachers who met all those requirements.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 5, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Riverside High School cafeteria to celebrate the educational foundations of Decatur County.

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