Rigdon Road principal Phyllis Jones will retire at the end of this month after spending 18 years as head of the school.
"I think it's time for me to move on," Jones said. "I've done all I think I can do for Rigdon."
Jones will retire from the school district on Oct. 1 after spending 35 years as an educator.
The school is a Title One School with at-risk children, and more than 70 percent of its student body qualifies for free lunches. But during Jones' tenure as principal of Rigdon Road, the school has been ranked top 10 among Georgia's elementary schools by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and has been a National Blue Ribbon Award winner for the No Child Left Behind Act. This year, Rigdon Road was the only elementary school in Muscogee County to have all of its third and fifth grade students pass the reading and math portions of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
Pauline Talley, the recently-retired principal of Davis Elementary, will be interim principal for 90 days until the school board names a successor.
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