Covington COVINGTON — Middle Ridge Elementary School will start off with a new principal this month.
The Newton County Board of Education recently approved Michael Forehand as the new principal. Forehand, who previously served as assistant principal at Flint Hill Elementary School, will replace Alan Satterfield, who is moving to the director of Special Education position for the Newton County School System.
“Mr. Forehand brings a wealth of knowledge to MRES, having been well-schooled in our district-wide initiatives,” NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews said in an email to staff. “A true hands-on practitioner, and most knowledgeable of school improvement and related teaching research, he too brings a sense of humor needed to do our work.”
An interview committee consisting of two Middle Ridge parents and two Middle Ridge teachers, along with several central office staff members, conducted the interviews this month with the four finalists.
Forehand has been an assistant principal in NCSS since 2008 and taught for five years at Jackson Elementary School in Jackson.
He currently is enrolled in the doctoral program for Educational Administration at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and he holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in elementary education and a specialist degree in educational administration from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala.