Dr. Kermit Gilliard

Phone: (229) 377-3701 
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July 1, 2020


Dear Grady County Schools Supporters:


The 2020-21 school year is proving to be a very different year for us.  COVID-19 has changed the we will be able to do school this year.  While we will face obstacles, we will do our best to provide the quality education needed for our students. 


Student engagement leads to student achievement; our focus in the classroom this school year.  Academic achievement, while our main focus, is not our only concern.  We want well rounded students when they graduate from Cairo High School.  Our elementary schools provide the firm foundation our students need in order to be successful at the middle school.  The middle schools provide the building blocks necessary to support the education they will receive at the College and Career Academy to “top off” their education in Grady County Schools.  Our partnership with Southern Regional Technical College and Thomas University allows us to offer college classes on the Cairo High School campus during the school day.  Once again this year, we anticipate having students graduate with high school diploma, Technical Certificates, and Associates of Arts degrees.


Parents and community members, you are vital to the success of our students.  You are our children’s first teachers.  I encourage you to stay involved in their activities, join the PTO/Positive Parents/Booster Clubs, and support your children and their school.  Our school system is stronger because we have the support of the parents and community.


Our staff is preparing our children for jobs that yet to be invented; our teachers have the most important task of any in our county.  Thank you to all of our Grady County Schools employees for the job you do each day to make our children’s future better.  Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make a difference in your child’s life. 





Dr. Kermit Gilliard




Dr. Kermit Gilliard, Jr. is a native of Grady County.  He is a 1985 graduate of Cairo High School, 1989 graduate of Valdosta State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  Dr. Gilliard received his Master’s degree from Georgia State University in Special Education with a concentration in Severe and Profound Disabilities in 1992.  He returned to Valdosta State University for his doctoral studies in Education Leadership and graduated in 2010. Dr. Gilliard taught three years in Gwinnett County at North Gwinnett High School. He is beginning his 32nd year as a Public School Educator; he is beginning his 29th year with the with the Grady County School System;   two years as a teacher, 12 years as Director of Special Education, three years as Eastside Elementary School principal, four years as Washington Middle School principal and two years as Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Leadership.   In September of 2014, he was named Interim Principal of Cairo High School while maintaining his duties as Assistant Superintendent.  On July 1, 2015, he became the Superintendent of the Grady County School System.  He and his wife Cristie have two children, Anna, a Junior at Florida State University and Owen, a Senior at  Cairo High School.