Along with graduation season, Waynesboro has to say goodbye to a special member of its community. Superintendent Robin Crowder is stepping down after serving Waynesboro Public Schools for decades.
Tuesday, another school year ended, and with that Crowder said farewell to students and colleagues. While he's excited about starting a new chapter at James Madison University as director of the Education Leadership Program, it's clear he will be missed.
"It's been bittersweet," said Crowder. "Dr. Seuss said don't cry because it's over, smile because you did it."
Tuesday at Wenonah Elementary School, parents and teachers celebrated the end of the academic year. For fifth graders, it means moving on to middle school - Crowder is also moving on.
"It's kind of an ending and a new beginning for those kids, and so...it's kind of reflective of what I'm getting ready to do," said Crowder.
After 35 years of working in K-12 education, Crowder is graduating too, in a way. He's returning to work at his alma mater, JMU.
"There's no more honorable profession than being a teacher," said Crowder.
During his tenure as superintendent, his proudest achievements include launching a free pre-k program and upgrading athletic and school facilities.
"I figured out early on it really wasn't about me. Really it was about surrounding yourself with great folks," said Crowder.
Principal Rebecca Jarvis says Crowder has been a great boss and a great leader.
"I've really learned a lot from him. I've been nothing but supported by him. He's been nothing but a great presence in the schools, a great presence in the lives of the children," said Jarvis. "We're seriously going to miss him. He's been a great person."
Crowder says he'll commute to his new job in Harrisonburg, so he will still be a part of the community.
The new superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, will take over on July 1.
Reported by Alana Austin
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