There will be quite a shake-up at the top of several Walton County schools this fall after five different principals in the Walton County School District announced their upcoming retirements.

The Walton County Board of Education approved the retirement of Walnut Grove High School principal Sean Callahan Tuesday night, one month after approving four other retirements at the principal position at its January meeting.

Christy Bowman of Loganville Middle School, Cindy Callaway of Walnut Grove Elementary School, Freda Doster of Sharon Elementary School and Barbara Griffieth of Harmony Elementary School all are set to retire at the end of the school year after their requests were approved at the Jan. 14 board meeting.

Callahan said he would miss the school system after serving in it for many years at nearly every level.

“Thirty-eight years ago, Beth and I pulled into Monroe in my old 1962 Volkswagen ready to start our careers in education,” Callahan said. “Walton County has been a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. Our school system is unique in its ability to provide opportunities, and at the same time, foster friendships. I will always be grateful for my time here.”

The school system will begin searching for new principals immediately to begin in the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

Stephen Milligan is a staff writer for The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.