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School system makes administrative changes

COVINGTON - Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley announced Tuesday night during the Newton County Board of Education's monthly meeting a few administrative changes for the 2008-09 school year.

The board unanimously approved the recommendations of a new director of Professional Learning for NCSS, the transfer of an elementary school principal and the moving of two assistant principals to principal positions.

The board named Holly Dubois, current principal at Fairview Elementary School, the new principal of South Salem Elementary School, the new elementary school being constructed on Salem Road in time for the 2008-09 school year.

Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for NCSS, said Dubois will finish out the current school year as principal at Fairview but will spend time before the school year preparing for the school's opening.

Palmer-Stone Elementary School Assistant Principal Takila Curry will take over role as principal at Fairview for Dubois beginning July 1.

"Ms. Curry earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from The University of West Georgia and both her master's and education specialist degrees from Jacksonville State University of Alabama," according to a press release from NCSS. "She is currently working on obtaining her doctorate in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University."

Curry is a member of the Georgia Association of Educators and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and teaches classes at the Washington Street Community Center in Covington, according to the press release.

The board also approved the transfer of Ficquett Elementary School Assistant Principal Lori Thomas to principal of Palmer-Stone Elementary School for the 2008-09 school year.

She is replacing current Palmer-Stone Principal Carl Wilkins, who will retire at the end of the 2007-08 school year.

"Dr. Thomas earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education from LaGrange College," according to the press release. "She earned her education specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota, Florida and her doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla."

According to the release, she has served on "several" Southern Association of Colleges and Schools review teams and committees.

"All three of the (administrators) within the district have been competent administrators," Whatley said Tuesday about the administrative changes.

Current Indian Creek Middle School Principal Samantha Fuhrey also will make a move.

The board approved Tuesday her taking over the position of director of Professional Learning for NCSS, effective July 1.

"The position ... became vacant when an employee transferred out of the district," Whatley said about the director of Professional Learning. "It's been filled part-time by Glorianne Patterson."

It is not clear if Patterson will assume a new position at NCSS - she was unavailable for comment as of press time Thursday, and Viniard said she didn't know her status. Patterson was not listed as a professional staff member recommendation or resignation/release of the personnel report provided by NCSS on Tuesday.

None of the changing principals or assistant principals returned calls or e-mails from The Citizen as of press time Thursday seeking further comment.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.