Blackmon Road Middle School principal Marty Richburg will be the new principal at Northside High School, the Muscogee County School District has announced.
Starting on July 1, the beginning of the district's fiscal year, Richburg will replace Northside principal James Wilson, who was promoted in April to be one of the district's three regional chiefs.
Superintendent David Lewis explained in an email why Richburg was selected: "A review of Northside's various data elements, school climate results and school strengths and needs aligned with Mr. Richburg's skills, background and experience as a successful principal, which, in my professional opinion, will further benefit the school community for its future."
Asked when he will fill the principal vacancy at Blackmon Road, Lewis said the position "is currently being advertised with interviews to follow."
Richburg, 38, has been an educator for 16 years, all in the district. He came from Opp, Ala., to play baseball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and then Columbus State University, where he was an NCAA Division II All-American shortstop in 1997 as a senior after hitting .406 the last CSU player to hit .400 in a season.
He worked his first 12 years in education at Hardaway High School. His positions included health and physical education teacher, head softball coach, assistant coach in baseball and boys and girls basketball, athletics director and assistant principal. He has been Blackmon Roads principal for four years.
I cant say enough about the Blackmon teachers and the students and parents and community, Richburg said Friday. Theyve been nothing but supportive. Its very difficult to leave this group of teachers. I told them yesterday, and it was one of the hardest things Ive done in my professional career. But Im excited about starting over with another group of great people at Northside.
When the vacancy was created at Northside, he said, I felt the door was opening for me for a reason. God calls us and equips us and sets aside tasks for each one of us, and He was placing that in my life for a reason.
Family is part of that reason.
Although he will leave his youngest son, a rising seventh-grader at Blackmon, he will join his oldest son, a rising freshman at Northside. Plus, his wife, Kelly, is the academic dean at Veterans Memorial Middle School, less than a mile away from Northside. And he expects a reunion with the youngest son in two years at Northside.
Its a great opportunity to be with your kids, Richburg said. Thats time you cant get back. Im blessed to have two wonderful sons and a wonderful wife who have been very supportive in all of my career moves and decisions. Those decisions are made with them in mind, their counsel and a lot of prayer.
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkRiceLE