Mercier says “farewell” to the Board of Education

The FCSS Central Office was filled with people wanting to wish Sandra Mercier a happy retirement. Pictured left to right, FCSS Transportation Director Benny Long, Tim Mercier, BOE Chair Bobby Bearden; seated is Sandra Mercier.

Prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education Thursday evening, Dec. 8, a reception was held in honor of retiring BOE member Sandra Mercier. School system employees took turns greeting Mercier and reminiscing about past times, occassionally wiping a tear or two away as they said goodbye.

Mercier has spent her entire adult life working in the education system. Beginning as a teacher, Mercier moved on to a principal position, supervise curriculum, oversee FCSS as school superintendent and finally as a member of the Board of Education. Mercier’s professional demeanor and dedication to the education of young minds has been and is continually praised by all who have worked with her over the years, especially her fellow BOE members. Former students delight in chance meetings when she is out and about.

Although Mercier is in fact retiring, she is not gone. She plans to stay involved with the school system in her own way and assured her successor, Chad Galloway, that should he have any questions of her about navigating BOE procedures, to please call her.

“For almost six years, I have  been privileged to serve on the Fannin County School Board. During my time on this board, I have witnessed some extremely positive and, sometimes, historic changes in education that have been beneficial to our students, employees, and stakeholders.  My retirement from the school board has provided for a new, and somewhat younger, board member to bring a fresh perspective to this board table. May I just say I expect much so much of Chad Galloway as he was a former student of mine at Fannin High School.

 With that said, please know that it has been an honor to serve over the years and that I will always be dedicated to the FCSS!”

– Sandra Mercier

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