In addition to the three new assistant principals the Ledger-Enquirer previously reported, the Muscogee County School Board also approved during Monday night's called meeting the transfers of eight employees to assistant principal positions.
The three new assistant principals are:
Lamont Sheffield at Baker Middle School. He has taught for 10 years, including math at Spencer High School (2007-14), and was an academic coach for the east region in the district this past school year.
Brenda Merritt at Rothschild Leadership Academy. She has been an educator for 17 years and was an academic coach at East Columbus Magnet Academy since 2007.
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Kathleen Houston at Allen Elementary School and Wynnton Arts Academy. She also has been an educator for 17 years. She taught at Britt David Magnet Academy (1998-2014) before becoming an academic coach this past school year for Allen, Johnson, Hannan and River Road elementary schools.
In the personnel report, the board approved the following transfers:
Willie Cox from shared assistant principal between Allen and Fox to shared between Dawson and Fox elementary schools.
Shirley Howe from shared assistant principal between Forrest Road Elementary and Lonnie Jackson Academy to working only at Lonnie Jackson.
Osie Huling from assistant principal at Baker Middle to shared between Key and Wesley Heights elementary schools.
Patrice McFadden from principal of South Columbus Elementary to assistant principal at Downtown Magnet Academy. Dawn Harper, who was assistant principal at Double Churches Middle School, was approved last month as principal of South Columbus.
Eddie Powell from shared assistant principal between Arnold Magnet Academy and Richards Middle to working only at the AIM alternative school.
Linda Sessions from shared assistant principal between Davis and Key elementary schools to working only at Davis.
Lorri Valentini from shared assistant principal between Double Churches and River Road elementary schools to working only at Double Churches.
Carmen Weeks from assistant principal at Rothschild Leadership Academy to Forrest Road Elementary.
All the votes were 5-0. Chairman Rob Varner of District 5, vice chairwoman Pat Hugley Green of District 1, Athavia "A.J." Senior of District 3, Mark Cantrell of District 6 and county-wide representative Kia Chambers made superintendent David Lewis' recommendations official. John Thomas of District 2, Naomi Buckner of District 4, Shannon Smallman of District 7 and Frank Myers of District 8 were absent.
Lewis thanked the five board members attending the called meeting for providing a quorum so the personnel moves could be approved now instead of waiting for the next monthly meeting, July 20.
"This really will help us to staff our school-based administrators at full strength by July 1, which is paramount as we move forward in planning for the school year," Lewis told the board.
After the meeting, Kathy Tessin, the district's human resources chief, told the L-E that increased state funding allows three more schools in the district to have a full-time assistant principal, which means fewer schools must share them.
"We're going by size of enrollment," she said, "but we're also looking at our schools that are opportunity schools to continue to try to give them enough resources."
By saying "opportunity" schools, Tessin used a less pejorative term for the state's list of "failing" schools. Ten of the 141 Georgia public schools on that list are in Muscogee County. They are Baker Middle School and nine elementary schools: Davis, Dawson, Forrest Road, Fox, Georgetown, Lonnie Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigdon Road and South Columbus.