Public service can be a thankless job.
It wasn’t until after the 9/11 attacks that Americans were jarred into realizing the daily sacrifice of first responders. Educators seem more often criticized than praised. Double that for any government bureaucrats, expected to do everything and spend nothing.
So when a public servant wins a significant honor, it can be a big deal.
That’s the case with the Bill Barr Leadership Award given to retiring Columbia County school superintendent, Charles Nagle.
The award is from the Georgia School Superintendents Association. That means, Columbia County, that in essence your school superintendent was just named Georgia’s superintendent of the year. Pretty cool.
CSRA Regional Educational Service Agency Director Gene Sullivan, himself a former Columbia County principal, nominated Nagle for the award and called him “one of the CSRA’s most respected superintendents.”
Speaking of thankless jobs, a committee is working on finding Nagle’s successor. This award is a sign of just how hard it will be to replace him.