Board mulls assistant superintendent job
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
January 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 2569 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Cherokee County Board of Education on Thursday will consider the appointment of Woodstock High School Principal Bill Sebring to the role of assistant superintendent of facilities/construction management.

If approved, Sebring will take the slot after the April retirement of Russ Sims, who has been with the school district most of his career.

The meeting will begin with a work session at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m., both at the historic Canton High School/School Board Auditorium.

In other business, Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo will give a status report of his newly created ad hoc safety and security committee and all board members will be sworn in by Probate Court Judge Keith Wood.

Sebring has served as a principal for the last 14 years, first at Cherokee High School and the last seven years at Woodstock.

“When the opportunity was coming through, I thought it might be the opportunity for me,” Sebring said.

Since he was once an athletic director, Sebring said he has had a hand in overseeing many of the aspects of the job, including facilities management, maintenance and food.

“Our growth has slowed down,” Sebring said. “We’re not building as many schools every year, but we’ve got a lot of capable directors, coordinators and supervisors in place. I look forward to communicating with principals and working our way through different things — from the budget all the way down to day-to-day operations and boundaries.”

He said he doesn’t plan to change much in the way of typical operations instituted by Sims since he took over the role in 2005.

“Russ has done a great job for us in the system,” Sebring said. “There’s not a reason for me to change a lot of things.”

Sims announced his retirement at the Dec. 6 board meeting and Petruzielo gave a glowing review of the Cherokee County native’s career with the school system.

“From my standpoint as superintendent for the last 14 years, his assistance (and) his leadership have been fundamental in dealing with one of the biggest challenges we have in a high-growth area,” Petruzielo said at the meeting. “And the fact that he grew up here and knows just about everybody and knows the history has just been a wonderful, wonderful thing for the school system.”

Taking over as principal at Woodstock is Dr. Paul Weir, assistant principal at the high school.

“I’m excited and I’m ready,” Weir said. “I couldn’t be more excited about being here at Woodstock.

Weir said he has been in education for the last 20 years, with experience in teaching and administrative roles at both the high school and middle school levels.

He spent several years working for Kansas City Schools and has lived in Georgia and worked in schools in the state for the last seven years, including time at both South Forsyth High School and Cherokee High School.

He said he hopes to continue to improve the school after Sebring leaves his role.

“Every school could get better, but this is great place already,” Weir said. “Students achieve a lot at every high levels. You can always assess what you’re doing and find shifts and moves to take the kids to next level. I hope to continue to see what those moves are, to look at them and target what we need to do better and excel as the kids already have been.”

Weir lives in Cumming with his wife of nine years, Susanne.

Cherokee teacher Anthony Manzella will move to Woodstock to take over Weir’s role as assistant principal.

The superintendent’s ad hoc safety and security committee is led by CCSD Police Department Chief Mark Kissel. Members include Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower; district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby; strategic planning supervisor Mike McGowan; audit and budget supervisor Kenneth Owen; Little River Elementary School Principal Christian Kirby; Clayton Elementary School Principal Beth Long; Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock; Woodstock High School Principal Bill Sebring; Woodstock Middle School Principal Mark Smith and Teasley Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Zinkil.

Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison as well as all city police chiefs in the county will also serve on the committee.

Additional community members on the committee include Cherokee County President of the Council of PTAs Adam Belanger, Woodstock High School PTA President Sharon Booz and Debi Radcliff of Safe Kids Cherokee County.

During the work session, the board will also hear a legislative update, a presentation detailing the impact of recent state health benefit plan policy changes, an update of major capital outlay projects and view a draft of the superintendent’s 2013-14 organizational chart.

All board members will be sworn in during the regular meeting, followed by the selection of the school board vice chairman.

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January 16, 2013
You appoint a man who has more than 3 DUI convictions to a School board safety accountability team? Why does Mike M still have a job with the school system? Why is he not in jail?
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