Eastminster School announces new headmaster

CONYERS – Eastminster School will begin the upcoming school year with a new headmaster, which the school’s Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday.

New headmaster Blake Craft is no stranger to working in the educational field, having worked many years in Rockdale County Public Schools. Craft began working as a teacher at Flat Shoals Elementary in 1984, where he was recognized as Teacher of the Year. At Salem High, he worked as a coach, and has additionally worked at Memorial Middle — serving as a teacher, coach and assistant principal. He was also the principal at Shoal Creek Elementary, and has worked in various schools in the Oconee County school system.

According to a press release from Eastminster, officials at the private school expect Craft to uphold a tradition of high academic standards, as well as open the school to a wider student market.

“We’re going to continue with the tradition of excellence that Eastminster has established over the past 10 years,” said Craft. “We’ve got a great group of professionals and we’re going to continue to strive to do the best for our students.”

He went on to add that the Eastminster staff and board would like to thank the parents for their support to keep the school moving forward and continuing the tradition of excellence.

Former headmaster Sue Troff has stepped down from her position but will continue to take part in the school’s operation. She will be involved with the Eastminster chapel and will fill other roles that have not yet been specified.

Due to a fiscal crunch, Eastminster faced the possibility of having to close its doors last month. The school avoided that outcome through a fund-raising campaign that generated $250,000. Some school staff and parents reached out to donors through social media, drawing donations both locally and from across the country.