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Recently hired superintendent brings competitive streak to school achievement

Profile of Dr. Ben Desper


Dr. Ben Desper, along with his wife Laura, are looking for a home here during regular work trips the new superintendent of schools for Pickens County makes from his current residence in Bartow County.

The new superintendent must work through June in Bartow’s school system before starting here full time in July.

Desper, who is mixing house hunting with work to familiarize himself with the local schools, said his new home will preferably be near the school system’s central office.

In Floyd, Habersham and Bartow counties, where Desper has worked previously in education, he looked for “places where you can see the school from the house when the leaves are off the trees.”

 Read the rest of the profile of the county's new superintendent in this week's print edition now on sale.

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