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County superintendent to retire

By By MICHELE GERLACH – Publisher
The Escambia County Board of Education Thursday accepted the retirement resignation of Superintendent of Education Melvin F. &#8220Buck” Powell, effective July 1, and adopted a timetable for hiring his replacement.
Powell, whose education career has spanned more than 40 years, told the board &#8220I've been listening to school bells ringing and looking at yellow school buses since I entered Mrs. Currie's first grade class in 1948.”
He began his teaching career at Lyeffion in Conecuh County, was an assistant coach in Greenville for a year before moving to Century, where he led the football team to state two times in six years. He moved from Century to Escambia County High School where he won the state championship in 1983.
Later, he moved into administration and was the assistant principal at ECHS, then the principal at Rachel Patterson. He was named superintendent in 2000.
For complete story, See the Sunday, Jan. 15, edition of The Brewton Standard.