COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education has selected its third principal to fill vancancies left by retiring principals at the end of this school year.
During special called meeting Thursday morning, the school board unanimously approved a recommendation by Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews to hire James Meneguzzo as principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, effective July 1.
"I believe Mr. Meneguzzo will be ... a champion of kids and their learning," Mathews said after the board approved the recommendation.
"Mr. Meneguzzo is a great fit for our parent involvement school," Mathews later added in a press release on Thursday. "I believe we've selected an effective instructional leader for this emerging K-8 school calling on faculty and parents to give students only their very best."
Earlier this month, Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis, Newton County Theme School Principal Ruth Anne Smith and Eastside High School Principal Dennis Roddenberry announced that they will retire at the end of the school year. Last week, the school board approved Jeff Cher as principal of Eastside High and Dr. Lynne DiNardo as principal of Mansfield Elementary.
Meneguzzo is currently assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, a position he has held since 2008.
He was a math and business education teacher at Eastside High School from 2005 to 2008 before moving to ICMS. He began his education career as a math teacher at The Gatewood School in Eatonton in 1998. In 2002, he joined NCSS as a math teacher at Cousins Middle School.
"It is going to be very difficult saying goodbye to all the wonderful administrators, faculty and staff at Indian Creek Middle School," Meneguzzo said in the press release. "In my time there I have had the honor to work with outstanding educators and the most wonderful people who created a positive, safe and engaging learning environment for all students and a working environment where you always felt like you were part of a family."
He said he's "extremely excited" about his new journey at the Theme School.
"I look forward to building new relationships and working together with the administration, faculty and staff to provide the best educational experience possible for all of our students and a working environment that people are excited to come to each and every day," he said.
Meneguzzo holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and business administration from Northern Michigan University and a master's in education in occupational studies from the University of Georgia. He has an education specialist's degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and is currently working on his doctorate in education in educational leadership at the University of Georgia.