COVINGTON -- At least three Newton County administrators will retire at the end of the this school year.
Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis, Newton County Theme School Principal Ruth Anne Smith and Eastside High School Principal Dennis Roddenberry have announced that they will retire at the end of the school year.
"A big thank you is in order for three (Newton County School System) professionals who have given of themselves, time and talent to the education of Newton County youth over the years," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews in his End of the Month notes sent out to staff on Wednesday. "Each has our well wishes and thanks for their many contributions to education in our county and to the many students, parents, staff and community members they have served."
System officials did not provide employment dates or more information about the three as of press time.
The positions currently are being advertised on www.teachgeorgia.org and the NCSS website.
"As we go about the important task of selecting new principals for these schools, we will follow our written administrative guidelines for screening and interviewing," Mathews said. "In both cases, screening and interviewing, a committee conducts the process."
Screening will take place involving the superintendent, deputy superintendent, the executive director for elementary or secondary education and a Human Resources representative, according to the administrative procedures for screening and interviewing candidates for principal.
The top candidates -- between three and seven -- will go before an interview committee, consisting of the same individuals, as well as a teacher and parent representative of the school councils, according to the procedures.
The committee will determine a top candidate whom the superintendent will recommend to the school board, but the superintendent has the ultimate decision as to which candidate he will nominate, the procedures state.
Newton County Board of Education member Almond Turner said he would encourage the school system to promote somebody from within the system.
The school board also recently approved Gabriel Burnette as an assistant principal for both Alcovy and Newton high schools.
He had worked as principal of Sharp Learning Center, but during the 2010-11 school year, he was on a military leave of absence.
"Upon his release from active duty, the Board of Education approved his appointment as administrator on assignment," said Nyree Sanders, director of Human Resources at NCSS. "His current assignment for the 2011-12 school year is split between Alcovy and Newton High School."
As part of the budget cuts earlier this school year, one assistant principal was cut from each Alcovy and Newton high schools, leaving four at each high school, to save $215,000.
Burnette's salary was not available as of press time.