Car­pen­ter fi­nal­ist for Peach Co. top job

The Covington News - - News - Gabriel Khouli & Am­ber Pittman news@cov­news.com

New­ton County School Sys­tem Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Den­nis Car­pen­ter is a fi­nal­ist for the Peach County su­per­in­ten­dent po­si­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Peach County Schools' web­site, Car­pen­ter is one of three fi­nal­ists for su­per­in­ten­dent, along with Joe Ann Den­ning, di­rec­tor of stu­dent ser­vices for Peach County, and Christy John­son, as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent with Car­roll County schools.

"I am both hon­ored and

hum­bled to be named one of three fi­nal­ists for the su­per­in­ten­dency in Peach County, given an ini­tial slate of 34 qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants," Car­pen­ter said in a Tues­day email.

Car­pen­ter par­tic­i­pated in a pub­lic fo­rum at Peach County High School in Fort Val­ley on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Ma­con. com, the ear­li­est the board could take a fi­nal vote for a new su­per­in­ten­dent is July 12. Peach County Su­per­in­ten­dent Su­san Clark is re­tir­ing af­ter spend­ing three years as su­per­in­ten­dent, the web­site re­ported.

The New­ton County School Sys­tem had 19,003 stu­dents dur­ing the 2009-10 school year, while Peach County had 3,962 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion's web­site.

" Dr. Car­pen­ter is cer­tainly an up-and­com­ing school ex­ec­u­tive," New­ton schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews said in an email on Tues­day. " En­ter­ing my 20th year as a school su­per­in­ten­dent, I've seen many ad­min­is­tra­tors come and go. Rarely have they en­joyed the knowl­edge and abil­ity that Den­nis does in both in­struc­tion and op­er­a­tions. He will cer­tainly be Peach's gain and New­ton's loss if he is se­lected. We wish him the best at what­ever his fu­ture."

Car­pen­ter was hired by New­ton County schools in early 2008. He be­came deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of op­er­a­tions in July 2009 and over­sees hu­man re­sources, busi­ness and fi­nance, trans­porta­tion, school nu­tri­tion, pur­chas­ing, en­ergy and con­struc­tion and main­te­nance and op­er­a­tions de­part­ments.

Be­fore work­ing with New­ton County schools, he worked for the Ap­pling County School Sys­tem as as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for sup­port ser­vices. He has also worked as a fourth grade teacher in Burke County, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal in Screven County and el­e­men­tary school prin­ci­pal in Bul­loch County.

He was one of 30 ed­u­ca­tors to be named to the As­so­ci­a­tion for Su­per­vi­sion and Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment’s 2010 class of emerg­ing lead­ers.

DEN­NIS CAR­PEN­TER

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