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Dawson County schools chief announces retirement
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Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter’s announcement that he would retire at the end of the school year left friends and colleagues praising his service and dedication.

“I’ve known Keith his whole life,” said Elaine Wilson, a member of the Board of Education. “We may fill his position, but there will never be a replacement for Keith Porter.”

Assistant Superintendent Lisa Perry said it was Porter’s lessons in selflessness that have taught the system how to approach education.

“Working with Keith has been an absolute pleasure. He has taught me a lot about leadership, about being the person you should be,” she said.

Porter, a county native and product of the local school system, announced his decision Monday. In a letter to the board of education, he wrote that he has “greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities that I have been granted in serving the Dawson County School System for the past 30 years.”

Porter spent the past five years as superintendent.