FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County School Superintendent L.C. “Buster” Evans announced he would step down from his post and take on a new job with the state.
Gov. Nathan Deal tapped Evans to increase the number of inmates with high school diplomas at state prisons.
This is part of Deal’s plan to reduce recidivism.
Evans will join the Department of Corrections as the assistant commissioner of education effective July 1.
Evans will lead education initiatives within the department and assist in the implementation of the governor’s criminal justice reforms.
“While the decision to retire as Forsyth County school superintendent was not an easy one, I look forward to helping nonviolent offenders achieve the kind of quality education that will allow for new growth and prosperity in Georgia’s workforce.”
Evans has served as superintendent of Forsyth County Schools since 2008. Previously, he was assistant superintendent of schools in Bleckley County and became the first board appointed superintendent for the Bleckley County School System. He is a trustee and chairman of the Teacher’s Retirement Service of Georgia.
“With seven out of every 10 Department of Corrections inmates lacking a high school diploma or GED, it is of the utmost importance that while individuals are in our criminal justice system, we do a better job of raising their education and skills to an adequate level,” Deal said. “If an offender has been equipped to enter the work force upon release, that person will stand a greater chance of avoiding relapse.”