New­ton High School prin­ci­pal re­signs

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

New­ton High School prin­ci­pal Eclan David has re­signed and an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal has been named as act­ing prin­ci­pal at the high school for the re­main­der of the school year.

A news re­lease from the New­ton County School Sys­tem Tues­day an­nounced that David had re­signed as prin­ci­pal for the school ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. In a let­ter to New­ton County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey, David said his res­ig­na­tion was due to “per­sonal rea­sons,” the news re­lease said.

Fuhrey met with fac­ulty and staff at New­ton High School Tues­day and promised her full at­ten­tion would be fo­cused on

Mrs. Fuhrey, This let­ter is to in­form you that I hereby ten­der my res­ig­na­tion ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately due to per­sonal rea­sons. Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity to serve the stu­dents of New­ton High School. I en­joyed be­ing a ser­vant to the stu­dents and the com­mu­nity and will greatly miss the bonds that I have cre­ated. I know that New­ton High will con­tinue to rise to great heights. Again, thank you for the op­por­tu­nity. Sin­cerely, Eclan David Jr. Eclan David Jr.’s res­ig­na­tion let­ter

the wel­fare and for­ward progress of New­ton High School, the re­lease said.

John El­len­berg, an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at New­ton High School, was named in­terim prin­ci­pal for the re­main­der of the school year, the school posted on its Face­book page and a news re­lease said.

In ad­di­tion, Fuhrey an­nounced that New­ton High School English teacher Ryan Nor­man has been se­lected to re­place El­len­berg as in­terim as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal.

“I want to as­sure the New­ton High School com­mu­nity that it is my goal to ap­point the very best leader for New­ton High School,” Fuhrey said in the re­lease. “It is im­por­tant to the stu­dents, to their par­ents, to the staff, and to the school and school sys­tem’s ul­ti­mate suc­cess.”

Tues­day af­ter­noon, the New­ton County School Sys­tem re­leased a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion from for­mer prin­ci­pal David, which was dated for Jan. 27. It read as fol­lows:

“Mrs. Fuhrey, This let­ter is to in­form you that I hereby ten­der my res­ig­na­tion ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately due to per­sonal rea­sons. Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity to serve the stu­dents of New­ton High School. I en­joyed be­ing a ser­vant to the stu­dents and the com­mu­nity and will greatly miss the bonds that I have cre­ated. I know that New­ton High will con­tinue to rise to great heights. Again, thank you for the op­por­tu­nity. Sin­cerely, Eclan David Jr.”

Fuhrey said David of­fi­cially re­signed Mon­day evening. She said NHS fac­ulty and staff were no­ti­fied of David’s res­ig­na­tion at a 7:45 a.m. meet­ing.

“The re­sponse of the New­ton High School team demon­strates great re­spect, sup­port, and com­mit­ment to Mr. El­len­berg as he tran­si­tions to his new role,” Fuhrey said.

In mak­ing the swift de­ci­sion to name both an in­terim prin­ci­pal and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, Fuhrey said, “We con­sid­ered the sense of ur­gency and the need for sta­bil­ity and con­sis­tency at New­ton High School. Mr. El­len­berg and Dr. Nor­man both pos­sess the in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure con­tin­ued progress and achieve­ments at New­ton High School.”

Fuhrey said po­si­tions for a new prin­ci­pal at the high school will be posted in the near fu­ture.

David, a for­mer Grif­fin-Spald­ing County mid- dle-school prin­ci­pal, was named the new prin­ci­pal of NHS af­ter a unan­i­mous vote by the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at a July board meet­ing. He re­placed Craig Lock­hart, who was ap­pointed deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of schools for the dis­trict.

In an email, Lock­hart said the school sys­tem is thank­ful for David’s ser­vice to New­ton High.

“While his de­par­ture was sud­den, we sup­port his de­ci­sion and wish his fam­ily and him the very best,” Lock­hart wrote.

“De­spite this tran­si­tion, we are very happy to wel­come Mr. John El­len­berg as in­terim prin­ci­pal. Mr. El­len­berg is a beloved New­ton High School fac­ulty mem­ber, and his staff and stu­dents have al­ready shown over­whelm­ing sup­port. We look for­ward to see­ing the pros­per­ity of New­ton High School in the com­ing months.”

David has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion from Tuskegee Univer­sity in Tuskegee, Ala.; an M.Ed. de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion and lead­er­ship from the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia; and is pur­su­ing a Ph.D. in ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion and pol­icy from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

An email sent to David Tues­day was not re­sponded to be­fore press time.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Covington News

Eclan David Jr.

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