New principals, assistant principals on MCSD board agenda

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 6, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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Veteran North Carolina educator Shermaine Derrick is the choice of Superintendent David Lewis for the job of principal at Eddy Middle School.

That nomination and many others for principal and assistant principal positions will be discussed at a called meeting and work session of the Muscogee County School Board Monday at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

An educator for 21 years, Derrick currently serves as assistant principal at Mooresville Intermediate School in Mooresville, N.C. She is a former science teacher.

The Eddy position will be voted upon today, as will the job of principal at Blackmon Road Middle School and director of the Woodall Program.

Chosen for principal at Blackmon Road Middle School is Penny Bowen, assistant principal at Shaw High School since 2011.

LaChrista McQueen, a former special education teacher and currently instructional specialist for the Program for Exceptional Students, is the choice of Lewis for director of the Woodall Program, which provides emotional and behavioral support services.

Lewis has made the following recommendations for seven assistant principal positions:

• Carver High School: Math teacher Lisa Norris, who has taught at Carver since 1992 and at Eddy Middle School before that.

• Hardaway High School: Susan Hampel, the IB coordinator/lead magnet teacher at Hardaway since 2007 and a former math teacher at Carver and Hardaway.

• Shaw High School: Leslie Hemmings who has been with the Muscogee County School District since 1994, most recently as a focused reading instructor at Muscogee Elementary from 2003-2010 and an instructional specialist since then.

• Spencer High School: Rosa Patterson, an academic coach at Eddy Middle School and former teacher at Marshall Middle School and Blackmon Road Middle School.

• Brewer Elementary School: Katie Lopez, currently the Race to the Top District science coach, and a teacher for 10 years at Midland Middle School.

• Forrest Road/Wesley Heights Elementary Schools: Barbara Weaver, currently the Title 1 intervention teacher and a former assistant principal at Smiths Station High School.

• North Columbus Elementary: Aetavia Williams, the shared academic coach for Reese Road and Gentian elementary schools, and a teacher at Mathews Elementary from 1998-2010.

Other business

In other work session business:

• To be discussed is a project at Shaw High School to construct paved access driveways/sidewalks to sports fields, as well as handicap accessibility to the upper gym level entrance doors and handicap access to toilets.

• The board will discuss the purchase of a new air conditioning unit for the cafeteria at Double Churches Middle School to replace a 14-year-old unit that is malfunctioning.

• The board will hear a request from Reese Road Leadership Academy for magnet status.

• Hannan Academy is asking the board for approval to begin an after school program with the emphasis on enrichment that would be similar to the programs at Allen Elementary, Britt David Magnet Academy, Wynnton Arts Academy and River Road Elementary.

• The board will hear a report on how the school district did on student assessment tests such as the CRCT and EOCT.

• Lewis will discuss Phase II of his reorganization plan, which he is asking the board to approve.

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