Ashmore To Succeed Godby
As Superintendent Of Leon Schools
From
Leon High Life, December 11, 1964


Mr. Amos P. Godby, Superintendent of Leon County Schools, will retire Jan. 5 after 20 years of public service. Mr. Freeman Ashmore, elected last November, will succeed to the office.

Mr. Godby, originally from Kentucky, came to Florida in 1930 where he began his coaching career in Carrabelle. During the four years he was there, his team defeated the Leon varsity several times and completed a better record than the Lions.

Serving as coach of the Leon Lions from 1934-1945,Coach Godby won five championships, one of which was the Northeast Conference in 1937.

In 1940, the Lions under the leadership of Coach Godby, gained the only undefeated record in Leon's football history. Also in that same year, he was named the Best Coach of the year.

Taking office in Jan. 5, 1945, ;Supt. Godby began his public service career.

Highlights of Supt. Godby's public career include: the building of all Leon County schools except Lively Technical, Sealey Elementary, Lincoln High, Fort Braden, Chaires, Woodville, Miccosukee and Leon; the $5 million bond issue; the raising of Leon County taxpayer's house assessments to appropriate more money for schools; the accreditation of all Leon County public schools; the construction of Raa and Elizabeth Cobb Jr. Highs and James Rickards Jr.-Sr. High; the development of the one room school house into a consolidated school with more qualified personnel.

Mr. Freeman Ashmore who will succeed Supt. Godby in office Jan. 1, began his administrative career in 1935 as principal of Crawfordville School.

Leaving this position in 1939 he spent the following year as principal of Bascom Jr. High School in Pensacola. Following this he was principal at Ft. Braden in Leon County and at Woodville.

For eight and a half years Mr. Ashmore was principal of Prince Murat and in 1954 he became principal of Kate Sullivan elementary school.

After 10 years as principal of Kate Sullivan, Mr. Ashmore was elected superintendent of Leon County schools in November.

Supt-elect Ashmore hopes "to bring in newer program techniques in mathematics, reading and science, as developed by research. Also in the future he hopes to "lean toward television and mire visual aids in education.

Mr. Ashmore states, "I feel very honored for the opportunity to serve and am grateful for the honor bestowed upon me."

Mr. Ashmore pledged to work "faithfully and diligently" but noted that it will "take the cooperative effort of all those interested to develop a good school system." He added that his department will "work with everyone to develop better schools for the children of Leon County."