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PHOTO: Members of the WCS Board of Education attended the event Tuesday night at the Factory at Franklin, including (from left) Rick Wimberly, KC Haugh, Jay Galbreath, Eric Welch, Angela Durham and Candy Emerson. / Photos by John McBryde

By JOHN McBRYDE

All that was missing at the Williamson County Schools’ 2019 beach-themed Superintendent’s Celebration at the Factory at Franklin Tuesday night were sand and salt water.

Otherwise, most of the district’s principals and assistant principals were in the spirit of things with their Hawaiian shirts, their flowery dresses and their eagerness to participate in the Hula Hoop dance contest.

It was a far cry from the first such annual event held as a thank-you to administrators from the system’s 48 schools.

“It started out very formal, almost tuxedos,” WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said. “We tried to loosen it up and make it a little more like a celebration. We had a cowboy theme last year and it’s a beach theme this year.”

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Also attending were staff from the district office and members of the Board of Education, along with spouses.

“We start the hard work tomorrow (Wednesday),” Golden said. “This is an opportunity to thank folks before they start the hard work.”

Golden, in his first year as superintendent after serving as deputy to former Superintendent Mike Looney since 2012, said schools are mostly ready for the day students report in just over two weeks.

“We’ve finished up our bus routes and have our teachers in place,” he said. “We still have a handful of hard positions to fill. For example, we’re always looking for bus drivers and special ed teacher assistants.”

First day for teachers is Aug. 2, with students returning for a half-day Aug. 9.

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