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Although there are still a couple of weeks left in the current school year, Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and her leadership team are already making plans for the 2014-2015 school year. Those plans include some changes in leadership positions at the school level.

During the past few weeks, Fuhrey has announced the following administrative changes for the upcoming school year:

·         Mr. John Ellenberg has been changed from interim principal to principal of Newton High School;

·         Dr. Ryan Norman has been promoted from interim assistant principal to assistant principal of Newton High School;

·         Mr. Gabriel Burnett, current assistant principal at Alcovy High School, will transfer to assistant principal at Cousins Middle School;

·         Mr. Troy Davis, will at his request, transfer from assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School to science teacher at Newton High School;

·         Ms. Renee Evans, current assistant principal at Rocky Plains Elementary School, will serve as assistant principal at Porterdale Elementary School;

·         Ms. Holly Johnston, current assistant principal at Porterdale Elementary School, will transfer to the assistant principal position at Rocky Plains Elementary School;

·         Ms. Romonda Middlebrooks, current assistant principal at Cousins Middle School, will transfer to Veterans Memorial Middle School  as assistant principal;

·         Ms. Shundreia Neely, current assistant principal at Alcovy High School, will transfer to assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School;

·         Ms. Mary Roach, assistant principal at Veterans Memorial Middle School, will also move to assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School;

·         Dr. Lynne DiNardo, current principal at Mansfield Elementary School, will become principal at Flint Hill Elementary School; and

·         Dr. Lori Thomas, current principal at Flint Hill Elementary School, will serve as principal at Mansfield Elementary School

According to Fuhrey, these school leaders have been transferred to provide new challenges that capitalize on their unique leadership skills with the ultimate goal of improving students’ achievement.

“The moves we have made aren’t due to concerns in current leadership,” stressed Fuhrey. “Our goal is to enhance our schools by providing opportunities for our school leaders to excel through a variety of experiences and challenges.  By strengthening our leadership team, we expect increased student outcomes. Every decision we make is based on what’s in the best interest of our students.”

Dr. Lynn DiNardo has served as both assistant principal and later principal of Mansfield Elementary during the past four years.

“I have definitely enjoyed the time I have spent at Mansfield and will be sad to leave the students, staff, and families here, but I know that Dr. Thomas will continue to implement all of the great things we do to ensure the success of our students,” said Dr. DiNardo. “With that said, I am truly looking forward to working with the staff at Flint Hill and to meeting the students and families there.”

Dr. Thomas, who served as principal of Palmer-Stone Elementary School for three years before moving with the students to the new Flint Hill Elementary School three years ago also expressed similar thoughts on her move from Flint Hill to Mansfield.

“Moving from Flint Hill Elementary to Mansfield Elementary will be very bitter-sweet for me,” said Dr. Thomas. “Over the past ten years, I have built many wonderful, loving relationships with my staff, students, and their families.  We have worked hard to merge three former smaller neighborhood schools into our much larger but amazing school, Flint Hill.  It will be difficult for me to let go and say goodbye, as each and every person means so much to me.  With that being said, I am also very excited about the challenges that lie ahead of me as I move to Mansfield.  Mansfield has a reputation for being one of Newton County’s top performing schools and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the wonderful things happening there.  I can’t wait to meet and work alongside the staff, students, and families of the Mansfield community.”

 

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