Superintendent Lewis to make principal recommendations

Muscogee County Superintendent David Lewis addresses the 2014 MCSD Teacher of the Year honorees in February.
Muscogee County Superintendent David Lewis addresses the 2014 MCSD Teacher of the Year honorees in February. jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Carver High School assistant principal Craig Fitts will be recommended by superintendent David Lewis to be the new principal at Double Churches Middle School.

That and recommendations on other positions will take place today at a meeting of the Muscogee County School Board. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

Fitts, who has been employed by the school district since 1992, has taught at Carver, Shaw High School and Jordan High School. If approved, he would replace Chris Cox, who died last school year.

According to the board agenda, Lewis will also recommend that Carla Henry be named principal at J.D. Davis Elementary School.

Henry is currently assistant principal at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary. If approved, she would replace Joe Myles who resigned.

Lewis is going out of town for the principal position at Fox Elementary School.

He is recommending Tujuana B. Wiggins of Augusta, Ga., who is currently principal at Deer Chase Elementary School in Hephzibah, Ga.

She has also served as principal at Southside Elementary School in Augusta.

If approved, Wiggins would replace the retiring Penny Thornton.

Lewis is also recommending Latoria Akins-Jackson as the school district's human resources coordinator. She served as senior program operations manager with the school district's New Teacher Project from April 2012 to October 2013. She previously served as a corporate recruiter for Aflac.

In other business:

The board will hold its final public hearing and vote on general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The preliminary budget projects $264,717,610 in expenditures which is $5.9 million less than Fiscal Year 2014. The budget calls for the closing of the Patterson Planetarium.

The board will also vote on the proposed $8,012,378 budget for The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.

A resolution to approve the closing of Cusseta Road Elementary and Muscogee Elementary and the merging of their students to the new Dorothy Height Elementary School will be voted upon.

The board will also decide whether to lease a portion of the Lonnie Jackson Academy site on Buena Vista Road to Columbus Bank and Trust for parking space.