Retired educator, coach remembered for putting kids first

A Greenwood schools administrator brought his love of teaching, wisdom from years of working in schools and a stern but fair discipline to the job, all traits formed during nearly four decades in the classroom and on sports fields.

The experience John R. Irons built over 37 years in Greenwood Community Schools helped former middle school principal Vicki Noblitt learn how to be a school administrator, she said. She was lucky to have his guidance when taking on her first job running a school, she said.

“He helped me get through those first few years,” Noblitt said.

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