New NCCA prin­ci­pal comes from Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

The New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy (NCCS) has a new CEO, and he’s com­ing from just nearby.

Chad Walker, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy (RCA), will be­come the sec­ond NCCA prin­ci­pal and CEO af­ter the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey’s rec­om­men­da­tion to bring him on board at Tues­day night’s monthly meet­ing.

Board mem­ber Jeff Meadors re­cused him­self from the unan­i­mous vote to pre­vent a con­flict of in­ter­est. Meadors serves on the RCA board of di­rec­tors.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to this new ad­ven­ture and the chal­lenges that lie ahead,” Walker said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to build­ing busi­ness and in­dus­try part­ners and help­ing de­velop a stronger work­force for New­ton County.”

He said his first year in his new po­si­tion will in­volve “watch­ing, lis­ten­ing, and learn­ing, and work­ing on build­ing re­la­tion­ships with the stu­dents and teach­ers. I want to build a sense of pride and fam­ily.”

The New­ton County res­i­dent said leav­ing the RCA will be “bit­ter­sweet.”

“I’ve worked at RCA for seven years, and I will def­i­nitely miss ev­ery­one there,” Walker said. “But when this po­si­tion opened, I felt like it would be a per­fect fit for me. And I’m hon­ored to have been se­lected.”

Walker has been with the RCA since 2008 and is fill­ing the va­cancy af­ter James Woodard left to take the po­si­tion of su­per­in­ten­dent for Mor­gan County Char­ter School Sys­tem.

“I am con­fi­dent Mr. Walker will be ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted to the stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, busi­ness part­ners and the lo­cal com­mu­nity of the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy,” Fuhrey said. “He has high ex­pec­ta­tions of the stu­dents and staff and in­tends to en­sure all stu­dents are po­si­tioned to achieve their dreams. Mr. Walker’s ex­pe­ri­ence at the Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy has equipped him to sup­port the cur­rent and future needs of (NCCA). Fi­nally, Mr. Walker ex­pects that all stu­dents who exit (NCCA) upon grad­u­a­tion will be well-pre­pared to have choices be­yond high school.”

Walker re­ceived a lead­er­ship cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, an ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree from Pied­mont Col­lege, a mas­ter of arts in sec­ondary math­e­mat­ics from Pied­mont Col­lege and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia. He also at­tended Young Har­ris Col­lege.

He comes to New- ton County af­ter having worked in the Rock­dale County School District his en­tire ca­reer, be­gin­ning in 1998 as a math­e­mat­ics and com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions teacher at Salem High School. From there, he moved to Rock­dale Vir­tual Cam­pus/ Rock­dale Even­ing Academy in 2000, where is cur­rently teach­ing math­e­mat­ics and health.

Her­itage High School in Cony­ers also housed Walker for some time, where he has held the po­si­tions of math teacher, as­sis­tant ad­min­is­tra­tor and project suc­cess co­or­di­na­tor between 2001 and 2008.

Walker is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church and a mem­ber of the New­ton County Arts As­so­ci­a­tion and has coached at the New­ton County Re­cre­ation Depart­ment.

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