Robertson County Schools Director Mike Davis said his goodbyes Monday, June 12, to the county's board of education as they reflected on the four years he has served the county.
Davis is scheduled to retire June 30 and Dr. Chris Causey will replace him as the district's superintendent July 1.
The central office staff hosted a retirement reception for Davis just prior to the last scheduled monthly school board meeting he would join.
In closing remarks by the board members, Scott Rice said he appreciated the changes and all the good things Davis brought into the Robertson County School system.
"We wish you well in your retirement and appreciate what you've done," Rice said. "I thank you personally for what you've done."
Board member Allan Heard told Davis he came to Robertson County when the county needed a change.
"I believe we're better people," Heard said. "We've accomplished a lot...you have cared for all parts of the county."
Heard said he appreciated Davis's concern for safety when calling in the snow days.
Board member Jeff White said he and Davis had been down several different roads since Davis's arrival to Robertson County, but he felt they were always headed in the same direction.
"We were always doing what was right for the kids, and I respect you for that," White said. "I think one of the reasons you and me got along so good is that we felt safety was one of the most important things...I thank you for your stand on that to get us to where we are today."
White also thanked Davis for his relationship with the county commission.
"You have helped guide us down the same road," White said. "I thank you for your time here."
Board member Tommy Mason said he experienced good discussions with Davis during his time on the board. He compared Davis's time with the district as a race.
"He's been running hard for four years," Mason said. "He's passing that baton onto Chris (Causey) right now. I hope he's able to take that baton and keep going."
Board Vice-Chair Stoney Crockett said Davis has always left a very good impression on him.
"We've been very blessed to have you here," Crockett said. "Being a godly man has led you to us and helped you make the decisions each day. I thank you as a parent and also a school board member. I wish you the best."
Board Chair Connie Hogan told Davis that though he said his accomplishments were all made because of a team effort, she believes every team has a leader.
"You have come in as a visionary leader, having high expectations for our school system," Hogan said. "We have needed that."
Hogan said she has learned from Davis to look at challenges as opportunities, and that Davis helped her take a better look at the budget process.
"Our budget is much better than when you got here," Hogan said. "I know it's been a lot of hard work."
In his director's report at the close of Monday's meeting, Davis said when he arrived at the district four years ago he was warned of a lot of problems ahead.
"There weren't a lot of problems, just challenges," Davis said. "Challenges provide opportunities."
Davis said through his years as director the district was able to place nurses in all schools, construct a new central office building and emphasize school safety with the placement of school resource officers in most schools.
Davis named the construction of Crestview Elementary School in Springfield and the renovations at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop as brick and mortar projects accomplished.
The preparatory classes for ACT testing has helped raise the scores, he said, and ADA issues have been addressed at the schools' ballparks.
"I didn't do any of these things alone," Davis said. "There's no 'I' in 'We,'" he said. "I thank for all the support from the school board members, the county commissioners and the office staff who all worked together. I just happened to be along for the ride."
Davis said though he has always heard there is no prayer in schools, he prayed every day while here.
"I pray for guidance every single day," Davis said. "God has answered prayers and I give a lot of credit to God."