In the wake of his decision to retire, I’d just like to express my appreciation for the efforts of Dr. Ed Davis in our school system. Have I agreed with all his decisions? No. In particular I have reservations about giving raises to central office staff. But I have seen Dr. Davis time and again fight for his teachers and staff, talking to the Speaker of the House about getting rid of the extra five days added this year, constantly working with the county to make the yearly cuts as painless as possible. For a family who came over from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, the difference has been dramatic and welcome. I wish Dr. Davis all the best in his retirement.