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December 15, 2015


Middle Ridge Elementary School will have a new principal when students return from their holiday break, but she’ll definitely be a very familiar face! At their December 8 meeting, the Newton County Board of Education approved the appointment of current Middle Ridge assistant principal Rhonda Battle as the new principal of the school, effective January 4, 2016. She will replace departing principal, Dr. Michael Forehand, who recently accepted a position with Atlanta Public Schools.

“It is an extreme honor to serve as principal of Middle Ridge Elementary School,” said Battle. “I am truly excited to be a member of the Middle Ridge family and offer my continued support. I look forward to the ongoing success of our teachers and students.”

Ms. Battle was hired by Newton County Schools in 2007 as an elementary school teacher at Middle Ridge and she has remained at the school ever since. She served as a first grade and third grade teacher before her promotion to assistant principal in 2012. Prior to joining Newton County Schools, Ms. Battle was an elementary school teacher with the DeKalb County School System.

Ms. Battle earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Albany State University in 2001 and her master’s in early childhood education from the University of Georgia the following year. She received an add-on certificate in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and also earned her education specialist degree in instructional leadership from Argosy University the same year.

“Ms. Battle has been instrumental in fostering a culture of high expectations at Middle Ridge Elementary School; she is committed to the success of Middle Ridge students and staff, and will provide the leadership and support necessary to ensure teachers and students reach their potential,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “I look forward to the future of Middle Ridge----the sky is the limit!”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at