Ask Matt Boggs what he’ll miss most as principal of Madison County Middle School when he leaves his office at the end of June and he’s quick to say “the kids and the staff.”
And what will he miss the least? He is just as quick with that answer – all that paperwork.
“So often, I have to be in here (his office) working on paper work, instead of out where I can interact with the students,” Boggs said. “It’s so much more than it used to be.”
Boggs has been principal at MCMS for the past six years, serving as assistant principal for six years before that.
And he’s overseen a lot of changes with the school; most significantly the move from the old middle school on Madison Street in Danielsville to the spacious new school on Hwy. 172, near Comer. With that move came a lot of other changes, such as the “house concept,” where students in all three grades (sixth – eighth) are grouped into individual “houses” with their own teachers and administrators. The building itself has received several awards for energy efficiency.
“Moving here was like moving to paradise,” Boggs said of the school’s opening a few years ago. “I love showing the building to folks. This is a fine facility, I’d say one of the best built in the southeast.”
But Boggs knows that what’s inside the school – the students and the staff — are what makes the school truly great. “These students come here as kids and leave (for high school) as young men and young women,” he said. “It’s great to be a part of that.”
And while he says he’d like to come back to a part-time job somewhere in education, he’s looking forward to moving away from the 12 – 14 hour days as principal. “I get here about 7:15 a.m. and leave at 5:30 or 6 p.m., and that’s if there’s no ball game or band concert,” he said.
Boggs said his next immediate job will be “father of the bride.” His daughter Kaitlyn, who’s a senior at UGA, will be married June 3.
He also plans to spend more time watching younger daughter Cortney play golf for Piedmont College, where she is a freshman.
His wife, Marianne will continue to teach at Ila Elementary for a few more years, he said.
Boggs said a committee has been set up to select a new principal to replace him. “I’m staying out of the process,” he said. “Whoever comes in will have a good job, working with good folks.”
Boggs said he knows the school, and the school system, will continue to move forward and achieve great things.
“Madison County is just a great place to raise kids, it’s still rural enough with that small town feel, but close to Athens,” Boggs said. “And it has a great school system.”
If he arrives every morning at 7:15, why is it that you will still find him sitting behind the front desk reading the paper or yucking it up with another while traffic backs into the road at both entrances? If I arrive at the school past 7:30 to drop off my kids, there is nobody monitoring the front entrance. How many wrecks or near-miss wrecks have occurred when he sits instead on doing his duty in the morning?
04/13/12 at 09:23 PM
Do you honestly believe that it is the principal's duty to be traffic cop?
If the county could save some of the money wasted by sending unneeded buses past your house, perhaps a traffic cop might be in the budget to ease your trip with little Johnny.
What a ridiculous post to detract from a piece meant to honor someone who has dedicated his working life to educating our children.