Our thoughts

Happy re­tire­ment

The Covington News - - Opnion -

The So­cial Cir­cle school sys­tem is con­sid­ered by many to be one of the best in the state. Granted it’s a small sys­tem, but ex­cel­lence still has to be learned and earned.

As far as we are con­cerned, school sys­tem su­per­in­ten­dents lead the way on that search for ex­cel­lence. Here at home, we be­lieve that Dr. Gary Mathews is lead­ing New­ton County back on the path of ed­u­ca­tion ex­cel­lence.

We know for sure that the So­cial Cir­cle school sys­tem has reached that plateau, and the rea­son is the lead­er­ship of su­per­in­ten­dant Dr. Bet­tye Ray.

Dr. Ray has led the So­cial Cir­cle school sys­tem for the past nine years and to tell you the truth, we were sur­prised when she of­fered her res­ig­na­tion this past week in or­der to be a par­ent and grand­par­ent to her grand­chil­dren.

So­cial Cir­cle mayor Hal Dally has said the So­cial Cir­cle schools are the crown jewel of the city. We agree.

It is go­ing to be hard to re­place a per­son with as much char­ac­ter as Dr. Ray. We re­spect her rea­son­ing for her decision to re­tire.

Peo­ple tell us that in time of need, fam­i­lies should al­ways come first. Dr. Bet­tye Ray has proved that phi­los­o­phy to be true. We wish her the very best and her shoes are go­ing to be hard to fill.

Our he­roes

Vic­tory isn’t de­fined by wins or losses. It is de­fined by ef­fort. If you can truth­fully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave ev­ery­thing I had,’ then you’re a win­ner.”

— Wolf­gang Schadler

The Al­covy girl’s bas­ket­ball team had a sea­son to re­mem­ber. They scrapped and fought all the way to the state Final Four be­fore bow­ing out. In do­ing so and with ev­ery win they built char­ac­ter and they rep­re­sented our com­mu­nity as true cham­pi­ons.

Al­covy coach Ki­dada Holtz­claw should be proud as her lead­er­ship in­spired her team. The Lady Tigers went fur­ther than any other bas­ket­ball team in school his­tory. The girls played hard and left ev­ery­thing on the court.

We should all be proud. As we read our own sports story of their final game it read like the Al­covy girls were de­feated. The record books will say they came up short — that the semi­fi­nals are as far as they went and a dif­fer­ent team was crowned 2012 Class AAAA state cham­pion. How­ever, they will go down in our record book as a cham­pi­onship team. And af­ter all there is al­ways next year.

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