School Board says farewell to Anderson

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Retiring Superintendent Barry Anderson thanked student Kenzie Renfrow, who spoke at Thursday’s school baord meeting about the important role Anderson has played in her life and the lives of other students.

Last week’s Grayson County School Board meeting served as a heart-felt farewell for retiring Superintendent Barry Anderson.

Anderson began his long-time career with the local school system as a Physical Education teacher at H. W. Wilkey Elementary School, and later was named Wilkey’s Principal. Over the years, he moved on to become the district’s Assistant Superintendent, and took his current post as Superintendent eight years ago.

It was with great emotion that Anderson announced in January that he would be retiring this year, telling the school board, “it’s time.”

During last week’s meeting, special guest Kenzie Renfrow, a local student, addressed the crowd to show her appreciation for all Anderson has done for her and her fellow students, calling the educator “a mentor, and now a true friend.”

Renfrow, a horse enthusiast, said that she met Anderson on his Grayson County farm when she had saved enough money to purchase a horse he was selling.

Smiling, Renfrow she said she had only been able to save up enough to purchase one horse, but “I left with two.”

“Not only did Mr. Anderson make me feel special, but the other kids who he knew on a first name basis.”

Anderson said of students like Renfrow “This is why you teach.”

“I couldn’t find the words to say how much I appreciate it,” he said. “I’ve learned more from the kids than I ever taught anybody.”

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