BOE hires new prin­ci­pal at In­dian Creek Mid­dle

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DUANE M. FORD dford@cov­

Swade Huff will be­come In­dian Creek Mid­dle School’s new prin­ci­pal start­ing July 10. He will re­place Re­nee Mal­lard who is leav­ing at the end of this school year to pur­sue other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In her pre­sen­ta­tion to the New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS) Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (BOE), Sa­man­tha Fuhrey, su­per­in­ten­dent, re­ported that Huff has been prin­ci­pal for Statham El­e­men­tary School in the Bar­row County School Sys­tem for the past five years. He holds a doc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship. His ex­pe­ri­ences have in­cluded be­ing a psy­chi­atric spe­cial­ist in the U.S. Army Re­serves, teacher, depart­ment chair and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the el­e­men­tary and high school level.

“Dr. Huff has been in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing a cul­ture of high ex­pec­ta­tions in the schools in which he has worked,” Fuhrey said. “He is look­ing for­ward to serv­ing the stu­dents, staff, and fam­i­lies that make up the In­dian Creek Mid­dle School com­mu­nity.”

In other ac­tion, the BOE rec­og­nized stu­dents who have re­cently won re­gional or state com­pe­ti­tions and re­ceived sev­eral pro­pos­als which will be acted on at future board meet­ings. Those pro­pos­als in­cluded up­dates to var­i­ous hand­books and poli­cies, the dis­posal of sur­plus equip­ment, and two con­tracts.

An an­nual con­tract was pro­posed with Gen­uine Parts Com­pany, do­ing busi­ness as NAPA Auto Parts, for “truck, bus, equip­ment parts, re­lated sup­plies and ser­vices, as well as the pro­vi­sion of In­te­grated Busi­ness So­lu­tions” (IBS). Per the con­tract NAPA IBS would op­er­ate a parts store within the NCSS’s pupil trans­porta­tion depart­ment. Ac­cord­ing Fuhrey’s memo de­scrib­ing the con­tract, “the ben­e­fits from the uti­liza­tion of an IBS in­clude elim­i­nat­ing the car­ry­ing costs of in­ven­tory, re­duc­ing trans­ac­tion expenses, in­creased shop pro­duc­tiv­ity, elim­i­na­tion of ob­so­les­cent stock, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and an over­all re­duc­tion in op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­tures.” The con­tract is val­ued at just un­der $1.4 mil­lion.

The sec­ond pro­posed con­tract was for plumb­ing ren­o­va­tions at East New­ton El­e­men­tary School. Mid At­lantic Ren­o­va­tions, Inc., was the low bid­der for the project which will en­tail re­plac­ing 60 year old gal­va­nized wa­ter pip­ing with new cop­per pipe. The work will be done dur­ing the sum­mer re­cess. Ed­die John­son, dis­trict 2 BOE mem­ber, stated the need to check the sta­tus of wa­ter sys­tems in the NCSS’s other schools.

Fi­nally, the BOE ap­proved the hir­ing of one teacher and three staff mem­bers, one trans­fer, and four ter­mi­na­tions for the cur­rent aca­demic year as well as the hir­ing of 17 teach­ers and one staff mem­ber plus 11 trans­fers for the 20172018 school year. It ac­cepted 12 re­tire­ments and 54 res­ig­na­tions. The NCSS cur­rently em­ploys 2,863 peo­ple.


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