The couple who has led the Stephens County JROTC program since its inception is retiring later this year.
The Stephens County Board of Education has accepted the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Phil Baker and his wife Jocqueline Baker.
Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that the Bakers have done a great job directing the JROTC program at Stephens County High School.
“Col. Baker and Mrs. Baker have just done an outstanding job, when they came here, getting our JROTC program started and turning it in to what it is today,” said Whiten. “It is outstanding. It makes such a difference in the lives of so many of our students. We are just grateful and appreciative to them for all that they have done for our students.”
The JROTC program started at Stephens County High School in January 2009.
Whiten said that the school system will immediately begin looking for a replacement.
“We would like to fill that position as quickly as possible and carry on,” said Whiten. “They have set the bar really high and we want to continue the program as it is.”
The Bakers’ retirements are effective on December 1.