Phillips, Pennock announce retirement

Muscogee County School Superintendent John Phillips and Deputy Superintendent Robin Pennock told school board members Tuesday night that they plan to retire this year, board member Cathy Williams said.

Phillips will retire no later than August 1; Pennock will retire June 30.

"They both brought a passion for education to the district," Williams said.

The board has not yet formed a plan to look for an interim or a replacement yet, she said.

Phillips joined the school district in January of 2003, replacing former superintendent Guy Sims.

Phillips had served as superintendent of the Bartow County, Ga., school system from 1998 to 2003 and in Austin, Texas from 1992-1998. Before that, he had served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in several districts in Georgia.

The Savannah native got his B.S. in chemistry and biology from St. Leo College in 1968, an M. Ed. In administration and supervision from Georgia Southern College in 1972, an Ed. S. in administration from Georgia Southern in 1976 and his Ph.D. in administration from Georgia State University in 1981.

Pennock came to the district from Bartow County at the same time Phillips came.

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