New NCSS per­son­nel di­rec­tor named

Car­pen­ter comes from Ap­pling County

The Covington News - - School Beat - By Jenny Thompson

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved a re­place­ment for As­so­ci­ate Su­per­in­ten­dent for Per­son­nel Don­ald Dun­ni­gan, who is trans­fer­ring to an­other dis­trict, at Tues­day night’s board meet­ing.

Den­nis Car­pen­ter, for­merly as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for sup­port ser­vices of Ap­pling County Schools, has ac­cepted the po­si­tion.

“We in­deed look for­ward to the em­ploy­ment of Den­nis Car­pen­ter as as­so­ci­ate su­per­in­ten­dent for hu­man re­sources pend­ing his re­lease from Ap­pling County Schools,” said Sherri Viniard, NCSS di­rec­tor of pub­lic re­la­tions, in a press state­ment.

Car­pen­ter holds an ed­u­ca­tional spe­cial­ist’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity, where he is cur­rently en­rolled work­ing on his doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship.

He be­gan his ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion in 1996 as a fourth grade teacher for Burke County Schools.

From 1999 to 2005 he served as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal the Screven County School Sys­tem and then as prin­ci­pal of Stil­son El­e­men­tary School in Bul­loch County.

Car­pen­ter has re­ceived sev­eral awards in­clud­ing Phi Beta Sigma Savannah Chap­ter 2007 Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year, Screven County Friend of Coun­cil for Ex­cep­tional Chil­dren Award, Screven County Mid­dle School Ap­ple Award, Screven County Mid­dle School SMILE Men­tor­ing Pro­gram Out­stand­ing Sup­port Award, River­side Pub­lish­ing CRCT De­vel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion and the Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity Mi­nor­ity Lead­er­ship Award.

“Mr. Car­pen­ter is an in­tel­li­gent, en­thu­si­as­tic ed­u­ca­tor with the ad­min­is­tra­tive and lead­er­ship abil­ity to man­age the hu­man re­sources di­vi­sion,” Viniard said. “His pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and com­pe­ten­cies and per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics will en­able him to lead us in the re­cruit­ment, em­ploy­ment and re­ten­tion of a com­pe­tent staff.”

In other news from Tues­day night’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing: • Each mid­dle school in the county will hold in­for­ma­tional meet­ings in March to dis­cuss new grad­u­a­tion rules with par­ents of eighth graders. All mid­dle school grad­u­a­tion coaches will be present at the meet­ings. • All county high schools have started pro­vid­ing re­me­di­a­tion/test prepa­ra­tion ses­sions for the Ge­or­gia High School Grad­u­a­tion Exam be­fore and af­ter school and on Satur­days. Al­covy High will also of­fer com­puter credit re­cov­ery ses­sions on Satur­days through March. The cost of the Al­covy ses­sions is $30, half of which will be re­funded upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram. • Sev­eral New­ton County stu­dents placed at the Grif­fin Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice Area Lit­er­acy Days Con­test. Kim­berly Stiers, of Cousins Mid­dle School, won first place in sixth-grade po­etry recita­tion and Des­tiny McKnight of Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle won first place in the eighth­grade po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

Cousins Mid­dle School stu­dent Mary Lathem placed sec­ond in the sev­enth-grade ready writ­ing con­test, and Cle­ments Mid­dle stu­dents Kris­ten Ad­away and Stephanie Light­sey were awarded third place hon­ors in the sixth and eighth grade com­pe­ti­tions.

Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle’s sev­enth grade drama team earned a third place award.

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