Shan­non Buff to be New­ton High prin­ci­pal

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

Shan­non Buff, di­rec­tor of sec­ondary schools, is get­ting a new job within the New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS). Start­ing July 1 she will be­come prin­ci­pal for New­ton High School. In that role, she will re­place John El­len­berg who is re­sign­ing at the end of the school year.

The NCSS Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved Buff’s new ap­point­ment at a spe­cial called meet­ing April 28. The vote for ap­proval was 4 to 1.

Shak­ila Hen­der­son-Baker, who lives in and rep­re­sents district 3 where New­ton High is and who is a grad­u­ate of Por­terdale Ele­men­tary, Cousins Mid­dle and New­ton High schools, cast the dis­sent­ing vote.

“I al­ways made it an im­por­tant fact for the kids in that school to see some­one who has come from the com­mu­nity that they come from do­ing good in the com­mu­nity,” Hen­der­son-Baker said. “I think it is im­por­tant that they see some­one that looks like them do­ing good things; some­one that comes from the neigh­bor­hood do­ing good things.”

She added she has never based a vote on friend­ship or race, con­sid­er­ing in­stead the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of can­di­dates rel­a­tive to the cul­ture, cli­mate and needs of the school and com­mu­nity ex­pressed by par­ents and con­stituents.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCSS web­site, Buff at­tended the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, Ge­or­gia Col­lege & State Univer­sity and Walden Univer­sity study­ing so­cial sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship. She holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in so­cial sci­ence, a master’s de­gree, and an ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship.

Sub­mit­ted Photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

State Su­per­in­ten­dent Woods (left) talks to Sa­man­tha Fuhrey, su­per­in­ten­dent; John El­len­berg, out­go­ing prin­ci­pal at New­ton High, and Shan­non Buff.


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