GLUCKSTADT - After 20 years in Madison County, Germantown Principal Ted Poore has decided to hang up his hat and call the 2013-2014 school year his last here.

Poore will pass the baton to Assistant Principal Wesley Quick.

"I wasn't planning to retire this year, but I knew that I was getting close to something different," Poore said after making his decision.

"It has been my privilege to have worked alongside the very best teachers, staff, and administrators in this country, and to have served some of the best students and parents in the world."

Before accepting his current position at Germantown High, Poore served in administrative capacities at Rosa Scott, Madison Central and various other schools with an overall 30 years in education.

"It was incredible," said Poore of his career. "I got to open three different schools in Madison County, but Germantown was bigger and broader than the others."

Poore has devoted time as counselor, assistant principal and ultimately lead principal at Germantown.

"There have been a lot of people along the way that provided guidance and support for me," Poore explained.

It is these very people with whom he credits the awards of Mississippi's Middle School Principal of the Year and Mississippi's High School Principal of the Year, which he received in 2003 and 2014 respectively.

In the immediate future, Poore has accepted a position at Park Place Christian Academy as the head of school.

He hopes that the smaller environment of this ministry opportunity will allow him to spend more time with family.

"We've been fortunate enough to have Mr. Poore on our staff for a number of years," said Ronnie McGehee, Superintendent of Madison County Schools. "He has been a great influence on the young people in our community."

McGehee added that while the school district is sad to see such an exemplary principal depart, they are excited about the potential changes that new leadership will bring.

"We are extremely proud to announce Wesley Quick as the Principal of Germantown High School," said McGehee. "He was a valuable source for Mr. Poore for the last few years, and we fully expect him to carry on the excellent education that has been a part of Germantown High School."

Wesley Quick holds 12 years educational experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. McGehee believes that Quick's knowledge about the district and passion for teaching young people will allow the new principal to take German town to another level.

"We have wonderful students and faculty there as well as a supportive community," added McGehee. "We see nothing but good things ahead."