Carpenter finalist for Peach Co. top job
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.