The Neighbor caught up with Hildreth who talked about some of his fondest memories, greatest challenges and future plans.
First, Hildreth said, he had a number of great experiences as superintendent.
“Chief among the good memories are the opportunities to see students achieve at high levels, either at annual events such as the STAR student or Governors Honors programs or in the classroom as students have increased achievement over the past few years,” he said. “It has also been an honor to work with our teachers and leaders in productive innovation across the school system and to also work with our community through the Economics and Education effort, which has been recognized across the state for its effectiveness in building partnerships between schools and business.”
As superintendent, Hildreth was included in a local business newspaper’s list of Atlanta’s 100 top leaders in education.
In 2012, the county was awarded the Atlanta Regional Commission’s community award for educational excellence, which recognizes the effective support and partnership that exists between community and the school system.
Although Hildreth said he is proud of the school system’s achievements, he said he has faced challenges as well.
“The financial crisis has been a great challenge for schools during the past decade, particularly the last four years,” he said. “We are thankful that funding has been increased this year and will provide some relief from past hardships.”
He said the recent weather events also challenged the school system, but the county’s response helped “make sound decisions that prevented problems in Henry County like those experienced elsewhere.”
In the future, Hildreth said he plans to enjoy spending time with his family and working with family members in a home-based business.
He said he also plans to work part-time in Griffin as a leadership and operational development specialist, working with a consortium of eight school districts on the south side of Atlanta.”
Hildreth said he hopes he will leave a legacy that will encourage others to go beyond the status quo.