COVINGTON -- One of the Newton County School System's top officials is up for a superintendent position in Peach County.
The Peach County Board of Education announced Wednesday via its website that Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for operations at NCSS, is one of three finalists for the open superintendent position at Peach County Schools.
"I am both honored and humbled to be named one of the three finalists, given an initial slate of 34 qualified applicants," Carpenter said Tuesday.
The other two finalists are Joe Ann Denning, director of student services for Peach County Schools, and Christy Johnson, assistant superintendent at Carroll County Schools.
Peach County Schools was expected to hold a public forum Tuesday in which the finalists would meet with community members. Carpenter said he expected the Peach County school board to choose a superintendent by July 12.
Carpenter was hired as associate superintendent for Human Resources at NCSS in February 2008 after working as assistant superintendent for Support Services for Appling County Schools and as a fourth-grade teacher, assistant principal and principal before that. He was named deputy superintendent for operations in July 2009, when Deborah Robertson retired as associate superintendent of business and administration; he oversees human resources, business and finance, transportation, school nutrition, purchasing, energy and construction and maintenance and operations.
In October 2009, Carpenter completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association's Superintendent Professional Development Program, a two-year course of study to prepare individuals for local superintendent positions.
In July 2010, the national Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development selected Carpenter as one of 30 educators in the nation for its 2010 class of Emerging Leaders. The program prepares young, ambitious educators to fulfill ASCD leadership roles and empower each cohort to make an impact on education policy and practice on a local and national level.
Carpenter is the husband of LaQuanda Carpenter, the principal at Alcovy High School.