After six years of teaching and four state championships, construction teacher Barry Arrington has left Thomson High School . Mr. Arrington's resignation was accepted by members of the McDuffie County Board of Education at a called meeting Thursday, July 29.
"I just got a better opportunity in Baldwin County," Mr. Arrington said. "They are building a brand new vocational complex."
Mr. Arrington led several teams and individual students in Thomson to state championships, including carpentry and plumbing in 2008, individual motor control in 2009, and teamworks and plumbing in 2007 and 2010.
The 2010 teamworks team -- Jackson Reddick, Brandon Carlton, Bu Cowart and Gil Usry -- competed in the Skills USA National Competition in Kansas City, Mo., where they placed 11th.
Brett Allen Jenkins, who placed first in the state in plumbing this year, also competed in Kansas City, where he placed 14th in the nation.
"I want to give a big appreciation to Joyce Blevins, Angela Collins and John Perryman at One Stop for their support that helped us update our program and go on to national's," Mr. Arrington said.
Thomson High School's construction lab was expanded this past year to include a lab with four stations with a modular-type system and a separate classroom space with computers.
Mr. Arrington was able to obtain industrial certification for the THS program, and it is used to teach adults in the evenings through One Stop.
All students who finish the program are certified and ready for the workforce.
Tony Arrington, who taught along side Mr. Arrington, will continue to teach in the construction class at THS.
Mr. Arrington said he will commute to Milledgeville so that his wife can remain at Dearing Elementary School, where she is assistant principal.