EASTERN After 52 years working with the school system in Floyd County, Pete Grigsby Jr. is calling it a day.
Grigsby, a former superintendent currently serving as assistant superintendent, was honored by the Floyd County Board of Education during a meeting at Allen Central High School on Monday.
For the first time in 52 years, I believe Im speechless. Not really, Grigsby said, and smiled. Fifty-two years seems like a long time when you say it, but now that Im here, it doesnt seem so long.
While Grigsby is ending one aspect of his career, he has agreed to begin a new one, taking advantage of an opportunity offered by Supt. Henry Webb to work with athletics in the district for the next three years.
Im thrilled at the prospect to work in my passion and love, which is athletics, Grigsby said. Athletics help kids to stay in school and learn how to win and learn how to lose. I will work to help fight obesity and get the kids in good shape and condition. Im going to do my best to get that achieved in the next three years.
Grigsby, a former basketball coach in Floyd County, played on the 1953-54 University of Kentucky basketball team coached by Adolph Rupp.
Members of the board thanked Grigsby for his service to the school system and all of those in attendance gave him a round of applause after his speech.
Ive always believed in this school system, no matter what was going on, and I will always defend it, Grigsby said. I always will.