Fleeta principal retiring after nearly 4 decades

Published 12:00am Thursday, May 16, 2013

On the wall inside Roger McLain’s office hangs a sign that reads, “Every child is a story yet to be told.”

For the past 39-and-a-half years, McLain has spent countless hours in the classroom and in the halls helping children develop those stories.

McLain, who has served as Fleeta principal since “around” 1998, will retire next week.

For all but two of his years in education, McLain has helped mold and shape students in Covington County.

He has taught anatomy and physiology courses, special education and gifted courses at the high school level and has served as assistant principal at Opp Middle School and Pleasant Home School and as principal at Fleeta.

“I’ve had a great career with the children of this county,” he said. “K-12, it has been a rewarding experience, and I have a lot of great memories.”

When the last student leaves next week, McLain said it will be bittersweet for him.

“It’s sad, in a way, to know that there’s a day to come, were I tell the kids bye for the last time,” he said. “But it’s also more sweet than bitter. I have a lot to look forward to, and I’ve had a wonderful career and I’ve loved dealing with the kids.”

McLain said he plans to travel some in his retirement and spend time with his family, and work more in the ministry.

“I want to be with my family,” he said. “I’m a family man, which is why I’ve done what I’ve done in my life.”

McLain said he’s been married for 38 years to Judy and they have “one daughter, a great son-in-law, and two wonderful grandsons.”

He’s waiting on God to open up his next door.

“I might find something else to do,” he said. “I’m waiting to see what God opens up. I love being with people. There are ministries that are dear to me, like being there when families need you; even nursing home and hospital ministries.”

McLain also serves as the minister of music at Opp’s Westview Baptist Church, a position he’s held for 17 years.

“I have a wonderful church family, who have all been very supportive of my career in ministries,” he said.

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