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Travis Reeves

Originally published: 2012-11-30 11:37:23
Last modified: 2012-11-30 12:16:37

Ashe County schools superintendent Reeves resigns

by Jesse Campbell

Ashe Schools Superintendent Travis Reeves is coming home.

Reeves announced his resignation, which is tentatively set for Jan. 1, on Thursday to become the superintendent of the Surry County School System.

“I have truly enjoyed living and working in Ashe County.” said Reeves in a press release. “My family and I have made many friends and created meaningful relationships. I will miss Ashe County and will always carry the pride that is demonstrated here in my heart. The decision to resign from Ashe County and join Surry County is based on moving my family closer to grandparents and immediate family who live and work in Surry County.”

The school system has noted the strides students, faculty and staff have made during his tenure.
According to a press release, the school system has seen an increase in student achievement scores, an increase in the high school graduation rate, as well as decrease in the dropout rate since Reeves came aboard in 2009.

Reeves also oversaw the implementation of a new strategic plan and transition to a new curriculum.
Reeves is a native of Alleghany County. Prior to coming to Ashe County, he was a principal of East Guilford High School.

He replaced then retiring superintendant, Donnie Johnson.

The decision to name Reeves superintendent was met with strong opposition during a May 2009 special board meeting.

Former board members A.B. Weaver and Dorothy Witherspoon voted for former Ashe Middle School teacher Bobby Ashley, a vote that eventually failed 2-3.

Along with other stops, Reeves was also principal of Jones Intermediate School in Mount Airy.
“We appreciate the dedication, hard work and leadership shown by Reeves,” said school board chair Charles King. “He has led the school system through a tough economic time which required difficult decisions to be made. Throughout this time, he has guided us in making choices that were best for the students of Ashe County.”

The Ashe County Board of Education will reconvene on Monday, Dec. 3.
Reeves was unavailable Friday for comment.

Check in next week’s print edition for complete coverage of Reeves’ resignation and the school system’s plan to fill his position.