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Dayton School salutes retiring Supt. Fisher

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Mike Latham, Richard Fisher and Linda Abel of Dayton City School. Mike Latham, Richard Fisher and Linda Abel of Dayton City School.

DAYTON, TN (WRCB)- Entering to the strains of "Hail to the Chief," Dayton City School Supt. Richard Fisher knew he was in for a surprise.  The veteran educator, retiring after 28 years at the helm of the school, had no idea that an assembly he was invited to attend would be a salute to his career.

Fisher has been a part of the Rhea County educational scene since 1969, spending the first few years of his career as a teacher, principal and administrator for the county school system.  Later he switched to Dayton City, where he served first as principal, before becoming superintendent in 1983.  He has overseen vast improvements in the school's technology, facilities an curriculum.

Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent lavished praise upon Fisher, saying he will be hard to replace.  There were proclamations from Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Governor Bill Haslam, as well as his fellow superintendents.  Fisher's wife and family were in attendance, admiring the rocking chair Fisher occupied throughout the program.

Speaking to an auditorium packed with teachers and students from the present and the past, Fisher said he was most proud of sharing his love of America with the school, having led numerous tours to Washington D.C., which he said he would continue to do.  He said Dayton City School would always be an important part of his life.

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