Murray superintendent honored

The long road that led Murray County Schools Superintendent Vickie Reed to a doctorate and a job as head of the school system started when she dropped out of school.

Growing up, Reed said she attended school in as many as three or four different systems a year while her father filled in as a temporary pastor at churches across the South.

"I had a 'first day of school' many times," said Reed, who was recognized this year as the Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

After years of regularly moving from one place to another, the family landed back in Reed's native Murray County when she reached middle school. She said her parents soon divorced, and her mother took on three jobs to provide for Reed and her sisters.