• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Tilghman retires, Wells heads to Franklin County

GARET WELLS read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day at Southside Elementary School last March 2. Woodford County Public Schools' director of staff/student services has been hired as assistant superintendent for Franklin County Public Schools. (File photo by Bob Vlach)

Two longtime Woodford County Public Schools employees were thanked for their service to students and their families during Monday night's Board of Education meeting. As coordinator of the Family Resource Centers at Simmons and Northside elementary schools, Linda Tilghman has been helping students and their families in the community for 25 years. She officially retires at the end of July. "I just want to commend Linda on devoting the majority of her life to this," said board member Margie Cleveland. "It's going to be a big loss for the schools." Before becoming director of staff/student services in 2010, Garet Wells was principal at Safe Harbor Academy for five years and an assistant principal at Woodford County High School. "I've been very fortunate to work with a lot of good folks," said Wells, who was a special education teacher in Boone and Franklin counties before coming to Woodford County Public Schools. Wells, who lives in Frankfort with his wife, Marci, and their sons, Nicholas and Trevor, has been hired as assistant superintendent for Franklin County Public Schools. "I'm very happy for you," said board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. "And I'm very sad for us." She said temperament, calmness and thoroughness have given Wells "the perfect demeanor for this job and we're going to miss you a lot." Tilghman told board members that she and Sandy Chapman oversaw the Woodford County Family Resource Center when the program came into being 25 years ago. "The biggest compliment I can give Linda is her networking with our community organizations," said Wells. ".The support from our community is unparalleled. You just don't see that everywhere - and that is directly related to Linda's efforts in reaching out." His words were echoed by schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. "The Family Resource Centers are in place to support our neediest kids and families - and you take that to heart," Hawkins told Tilghman. "And it's always reassuring to know that if our kids need a little something extra (inside or outside the classroom) you are going to take the time to try to find 'what we can do for them.' ".Our job is to help meet needs. And you were always there to do that." During an interview for a Woodford Sun feature story in 2010, Tilghman said, "We're all here for the kids."

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