"I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years here at Adairsville High School and Bartow County Schools," Lewis said. "I have been extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of teachers and staff members. They have been loyal, supportive, and most importantly, they have put the needs of their students above all else."
Lewis is no stranger to the county, formerly serving as assistant principal at Chestatee High School.
"I will be moving closer to the area where I grew up, and my family and I are looking forward to being back home," Lewis said. "However, we will miss very much the wonderful people of Adairsville and we will never forget the kindness and hospitality they have shown us. It truly is a wonderful community."
Lewis served as principle of AHS for the past four years.
"[Superintendent] Dr. [John] Harper and his staff have been wonderfully supportive [as well]," Lewis said. "I feel like Bartow County Schools set a high standard of excellence and that it has achieved so much for the boys and girls of this county. These are extremely challenging times for public education, but Dr. Harper and his team continue to work hard to find ways to support teachers and students. Their efforts and sacrifice are admirable.
Harper said he was sad to see Lewis go, but appreciated his time spent with the school system.
"I'm happy for [Lewis] that he's able to go back to his hometown, but I'm very disappointed that we're going to lose an outstanding administrator," Harper said. "He's a wonderfully caring man for the kids he serves and has worked real hard with [students] and staff. He will be missed."
Harper said the school board will accept Lewis' resignation Monday night during the board's regular business session. He said the formal process of hiring a new principal will follow with a legal notice in The Daily Tribune News.