COVINGTON -- A retired Newton County principal will serve as acting principal at Alcovy High School for at least the rest of the year.
Vic Lee, who retired in June as principal of Liberty Middle School, began working in the position Monday while current Principal LaQuanda Carpenter began an extended leave of absence as a result of maternity leave.
He is expected to work at the school for the next two or three months until she returns, according to Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews.
"I found it a great honor to be asked to serve as acting principal at Alcovy High School," Lee said Wednesday. "I have some big shoes to fill as I substitute for Dr. Carpenter. Alcovy was recently recognized by the state for their significant improvement in their test scores. My role for the next few months is to continue to promote and encourage the good work that is going on at Alcovy. Both the faculty and student body have made me feel very welcomed during my first three days."
Mathews said Lee was appointed per past practice, when a substitute is identified from a pool of available candidates.
Lee retired from NCSS after 37 years in education. He has 18 years of teaching experience and 19 years of administrative experience.
He began working in NCSS in July 2002 as an assistant principal at Newton High School, where he worked until 2008. He then worked as assistant principal at Sharp Learning Center in 2008 and as acting principal at Sharp until 2009, when he moved to Liberty.
During his time as principal at Liberty Middle, the school was recognized by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement for being in the top echelon of Georgia schools for the greatest gains among schools in the 95th percentile on the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Additionally, Liberty had more than 20 percent of its students exceeding standards on the CRCTs, Mathews previously said when speaking of the principal.
"Mr. Lee is an experienced and award-winning principal and will do a fine job while serving AHS," said Carpenter on the school's website.
Carpenter's husband, Dennis, who is deputy superintendent of Operations at NCSS, also is out of the office on vacation until January, according to Mathews. He will have no short-term replacement.