By Barry H. Hendrix
Chris Beverly was recognized June 16 by the Thomasville City Board of Education for his nine years of service to the board.
He concluded his tenure on the board in May. He was replaced by Jim Davis, who attended his first meeting June 16.
“You have been a valued member of the team,” Garth Moss, Thomasville school superintendent, said of Beverly.
“It has been my pleasure to serve,” Beverly said. “Jim will do a great job. There is a lot of wisdom sitting here. …It was my priviledge to work with (Linda McGhee, former school financial officer, and Dr. Vic Adkison, former Thomasville school superintendent).
“We have a great team in place now with Mr. Moss, (Mr. Avery Ford, current school financial officer), and everyone at the Central Office. We have a great group of administrators and teachers.
“…In the next year or two, you face pretty big changes (with the coronavirus pandemic),” Beverly said. “You have to be able to make some changes on the fly. I know you will do it.
“…Being an old alumnus of Thomasville High School, it meant a lot to me (serving on the board).”
Chris is a lifelong Thomasvillian and a friend,” said Sheldon Day, mayor of Thomasville. “Chris has served with honor and great character for two terms on our TCS Board. Chris has been part of a board, who had to make some tough decisions over the last few years, and in the last two years worked very hard to bring new leadership and direction to our system.
“There has never been a doubt where Chris Beverly's heart is in regard to Thomasville City Schools. He bleeds Maroon and Gray. We thank him dearly for his service on the board and know he will continue to support our schools and our community as he always has.
“Thomasville is a better place because of his constant involvement in the arts, our history, and education,” the mayor said.
Beverly received a standing ovation from the school board and staff at the June 16 meeting.
(Garth Moss, Thomasville school superintendent, is pictured with former board member Chris Beverly.)