BOE names new crop of ad­min­is­tra­tors

Fairview prin­ci­pal moved to South Salem

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Jenny Thompson

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion unan­i­mously ap­proved the trans­fer of Holly Dubois, prin­ci­pal of Fairview El­e­men­tary School, to the prin­ci­pal po­si­tion of the new South Salem El­e­men­tary School at Tues­day night’s board meet­ing.

The board also ap­proved a re­place­ment for Dubois and for re­tir­ing prin­ci­pal of Palmer-Stone El­e­men­tary, Carl Wilkins.

“All three are from within the dis­trict where they have been com­pe­tent in their du­ties and we’re very proud to have them fill th­ese po­si­tions,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve What­ley.

South Salem El­e­men­tary is sched­uled to open to stu­dents in Au­gust, when Dubois will take over as head of the school. Dubois served as the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of Fairview El­e­men­tary for two years be­fore ac­cept­ing the prin­ci­pal po­si­tion which she has held for three years.

Tak­ila Curry, an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Palmer-Stone El­e­men­tary, will re­place Dubois as Fairview El­e­men­tary’s prin­ci­pal.

Curry holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from The Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia, as well as a mas­ter’s and ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­grees from Jack­sonville State Univer­sity in Alabama. Fur­ther re­sults can be found on the Ed­u­ca­tion

She is cur­rently work­ing on earn­ing her doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Ge­or­gia South­ern Univer­sity.

Be­fore serv­ing as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Palmer-Stone, Curry taught at For­rest Hills El­e­men­tary School in Decatur and Clay El­e­men­tary School in Mable­ton.

Curry is a mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tors and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Su­per­vi­sion and Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment. She also teaches par­ent­ing classes at the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and is the cur­ricu­lum de­vel­oper and in­struc­tor for the pre-teens class at Spring­field Bap­tist Church.

Long-time prin­ci­pal of Palmer-Stone El­e­men­tary Carl Wilkins will re­tire at the end of the school year, when Lori Thomas will take over as prin­ci­pal.

Thomas cur­rently is an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Fic­quett El­e­men­tary School. She earned her bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­grees in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from La­Grange Col­lege, her ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from the Univer­sity of Sara­sota, Fla. and her doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Ar­gosy Univer­sity also in Sara­sota.

Thomas pre­vi­ously taught in Henry County, Hamp­ton, and For­est Park.

She has served on sev­eral South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges re­view teams and com­mit­tees and has con­ducted many staff de­vel­op­ment work­shops and read­ing ini­tia­tives.

The board also ap­proved the pro­mo­tion of Sa­man­tha Fuhrey from prin­ci­pal of In­dian Creek Mid­dle School to New­ton County Sys­tem Di­rec­tor of Pro­fes­sional Learn­ing.

Fuhrey ob­tained her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in sec­ondary English from Mary­wood Univer­sity in Penn­syl­va­nia, her mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship and ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia and her ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Ge­or­gia Col­lege and State Univer­sity.

She has served as the prin­ci­pal of In­dian Creek since 2001 and worked as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the school be­gin­ning in 1999.

Fuhrey pre­vi­ously served as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Miller Grove Mid­dle School in Decatur and taught lan­guage arts at Cedar Grove and Chapel Hill mid­dle schools and Oak Grove El­e­men­tary School in Decatur.

She has pre­sented in­for­ma­tion at sev­eral con­fer­ences in­clud­ing the In­ter­na­tional Read­ing Con­fer­ence, the DeKalb County Schools’ 2000 Ed­u­ca­tion Con­fer­ence and the Na­tional Coun­cil for Teach­ers of English Con­fer­ence.

The board also re­cently ap­proved the hire of Den­nis Car­pen­ter to re­place Don­ald Dun­ni­gan as the NCSS As­so­ci­ate Su­per­in­ten­dent for Hu­man Re­sources.

The board still must name a prin­ci­pal of New­ton High to re­place Joe Gheesling, who is trans­fer­ring out of the sys­tem at the end of the school year, as well as a prin­ci­pal for Lib­erty Mid­dle School, which is sched­uled to open in Au­gust of 2009.

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