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BY GINNY MILLER

Daily Journal

TUPELO - After nearly 40 years in education, Lee County Superintendent Johnny Green says it's time "to slow the pace down."

"I'm almost 60 now," Green said. "Lee County Schools is my love and my life, but a little bit of change is good."

After serving two terms as superintendent - the first beginning in 2000 - Green has decided not to seek re-election this year.

"Running a political race is hard," he said. "When you get to the point where you're wondering well, should I or shouldn't I?' then you probably shouldn't."

He's not sure what his next move is, but it will involve education. "I am not retiring to go home and sit on the porch and whittle," said Green, whose administrative experience includes serving as principal at Mooreville Elementary, Saltillo Attendance Center and Saltillo High School. "I just want to slow the pace down some."

Green said he'll be leaving county schools in good hands when Mike Scott, principal of Shannon High School, succeeds him as superintendent in January.

"I feel Mr. Scott is more than competent and capable to keep moving this district forward."

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