Along with the three new principals the Muscogee County School Board unanimously approved Monday night, notice of a principal being transferred is listed in the agenda’s personnel report.
Superintendent David Lewis has selected Dorothy Height Elementary School principal Eddie Lindsey III to be the next principal of Double Churches Middle School, starting in the 2018-19 school year.
Lindsey will replace Craig Fitts at Double Churches. The Ledger-Enquirer reported in January that Fitts will be the next principal of Jordan Vocational High School after Amy Wohler resigns, effective June 30, to move out of the region and live closer to her family.
During the meeting, Lewis didn’t explain this decision and no board member asked about it. Lewis told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email Tuesday, “Upon the transfer of Mr. Fitts to Jordan High School, Mr. Lindsey requested a subsequent transfer. Based on his teaching and administrative experience at the secondary level, I approved the transfer.”
Double Churches is the fourth school in the past five years that will have Lindsey as its leader. He became principal of the alternative school at the Edgewood Student Services Center in 2013, then Key Elementary School in 2014 and Dorothy Height in 2015. Lindsey taught at Carver (1998-2002) and at Northside High School (2002-07). He was assistant principal at Richards Middle School (2007-11) and at Hardaway High School (2011-13).
He is the son of the late Eddie Lindsey Jr., MCSD’s first black assistant superintendent, and the brother of Carver High School principal Chris Lindsey.
The board wasn’t asked to vote on the transfers of Lindsey and Fitts because they already are principals so these are considered lateral moves. But the board was asked to and did approve Monday night to hire the following educators as new principals starting next school year, based on Lewis’ recommendations, which the Ledger-Enquirer reported last week:
▪ Baker Middle School assistant principal Lamont Sheffield was promoted to replace Lindsey as principal of Dorothy Height.
Sheffield been an educator for 12 years. After teaching two years in Florida, he began his MCSD career as a math teacher at Spencer High School in August 2007. He worked as a regional math coach for one year before becoming assistant principal at Baker in August 2015.
▪ Dimon Elementary Magnet Academy assistant principal Patricia Woodall was promoted to become principal of Brewer Elementary School, replacing Cenobia Moore. The Ledger-Enquirer reported last month that Moore is scheduled to retire in July.
Woodall has been an educator for 14 years. After teaching half a year in North Carolina, she began her MCSD career as a special-education teacher at Brewer in August 2005. She worked as an academic coach at Brewer for one year, beginning August 2013, until she was promoted to a shared assistant principal position between St. Marys Road Magnet Academy and Dimon in August 2014. She became the full-time assistant principal at Dimon in October 2015.
▪ Kevin Scott, principal of Jean Childs Young Middle School in Atlanta, is returning to MCSD to become principal of Georgetown Elementary School, replacing Laverne Brown. The Ledger-Enquirer reported last month that Brown is scheduled to retire in July.
Scott has been an educator for 24 years. He taught sixth and seventh grades at Luthersville Elementary School (1994-96), fourth grade at Greenville Elementary School (1996-99) and math at Greenville Middle School (1999-2001) before beginning his MCSD career in August 2001. He taught math at Baker (2001-03) and the Academic Success Center (2003-04), then was promoted to assistant principal at Midland Academy (2004-07) and principal at East Columbus Magnet Academy (2007-15). He left MCSD to work as a principal support coach in the Atlanta Public Schools, then became principal at Jean Childs Young in 2016.