Derek Hembree submitted his resignation as Lafayette High School principal to Fred Ward, Superintendent of Schools. His last day, according to Ward, will be Friday, March 31. The Lafayette County School Board convened on Tuesday, March 21, and approved the resignation.

Hembree has been principal at LHS for approximately five years. "I was hired in July of 2001," Hembree said. Before accepting the position of LHS principal, Hembree worked at the South Girard Jr. High School in Phenix, Ala. for five years. He was an assistant principal for two years and a teacher for three years at the same school.

Although there are many things that Hembree will miss from being a part of LHS, there is one thing that will always remain a fond memory close to his heart, and that is the sense of togetherness that all of the citizens of Lafayette County show to each other. "Lafayette County has been very good to me and my

family," Hembree said.

Superintendent Ward commented how Hembree will truly be missed by the school as well as the community of Lafayette County. "We hate to see him leave because he has done a great job. He is very caring about our students and fits in the community very well," Ward said.

Hembree has accepted the position of Member Relations Representative at Clay Electric located in Palatka.

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