Cherokee principal honored by legislature
by Michelle Babcock
March 19, 2014 12:00 AM | 1750 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Reps. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) and Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Mike McGowan and Dr. Brian Hightower, representing the Cherokee County School District, Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton), Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock and House Speaker David Ralston. <br>Special to the Tribune
From left, Reps. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) and Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Mike McGowan and Dr. Brian Hightower, representing the Cherokee County School District, Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton), Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock and House Speaker David Ralston.
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Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock was recognized by the state House of Representatives and Senate last week for being named 2014 Georgia High School Principal of the Year.

Murdock is the first principal from Cherokee County to be selected as the Georgia Principal of the Year, making history in February when the honor was announced.

Both the House and Senate passed resolutions in honor of Murdock, commending her for the achievement of being named the statewide principal of the year.

“Nothing is more vital to the future of our state than the education of our young people, and Debra Murdock exemplifies the selfless dedication which is characteristic of our finest educators,” Senate Resolution 1159 read.

The House Resolution was introduced by three of Cherokee’s four state legislators, Reps. Mandi Ballinger (R- Canton), Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) and Scot Turner (R-Scot Turner).

“Debra Murdock serves with distinction as principal of Cherokee High School in Cherokee County,” the resolution read. “Before being named the 2014 Georgia High School Principal of the Year, this stellar educator was also named the 2010 Teasley Middle School Principal of the Year and the 2011 Cherokee High School Principal of the Year.”

HR 1275 praised Murdock for her “innovating and creative strategies” to motivate students and encourage communication and noted Cherokee and the state were “privileged to have such a hard-working and dedicated educator.”

Murdock will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board at its Thursday meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium, located at 111 Academy St. in Canton.

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