LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - It was a room filled smiles and handshakes as Lee County welcomed their new superintendent, Dr. Mac McCoy, at a reception held in his honor Thursday.
McCoy comes to Lee County with 30 years of experience in education and is excited for this upcoming school year.
"I want to bring the four communities that we have, Loachapoka, Smith Station, Beulah and Beauregard and bring those communities together and focus on one system which is the Lee County School system without taking away the pride and community spirit from those areas," explains McCoy.
McCoy served as the superintendent for Commerce City Schools in Georgia since 2005.
He said coming to Lee County is a bit of a jump in size, but he looks forward to working with faculty, staff and students throughout the system on a personal basis.
"I look forward to working with you on a daily basis, seeing you on a daily basis. I will be in your classrooms, but don't panic, it's just Dr. Mac coming to visit!"
McCoy was offered the position in March after nearly 40 people applied for the job.
The Lee County School Board looks forward to his future leadership.
"I want to continue what Lee County has done and that been on the forefront of education in this area," says McCoy.
McCoy will be in charge of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and five high schools with a student population approaching 10,000 children.
He looks forward to the challenge and the first day of classes on August 19.