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Randy Hodges reflects on career in public education

For the past 15 years, Randy Hodges has been superintendent of the Lauderdale County Public School District, and next month that all comes to an end with his retirement.

“I think the biggest thing is that I’ve been fair. I’ve tried to be honest, and I’ve tried to be up front. You know, I’ve always been willing to tell the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s been much more good, but that’s what I want them to remember is that I’ve treated everyone the same and that I was fair in managing this district.” -Randy Hodges

While reflecting on his career of being in public education for a total of 44 years, he also reflects on what he thinks makes the Lauderdale County Public School District different than most.

“It’s real easy to explain. It’s the people, and that’s not just a cliché that I’m saying. I mean that from my heart. Lauderdale county is unique. We’re one of the top school districts in the state, and the credit goes to the people that’s working in the system. It begins, of course, with your school board, central office staff, and school administrators. We all understand the importance of great classroom teachers, and that’s what we have.” -Hodges

As for what he’ll be doing once he leaves this school district behind…

“Well, the emphasis will really be on enjoying life. It really is. I have some hobbies I enjoy, but the main thing is that I will enjoy my wife, my two daughters and their families, my grandchildren—that’s the main thing I look forward to doing. -Hodges

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