Carmel, Hickory Flat, Liberty and Ball Ground elementary schools will all get new principals starting in the fall.
Two Cherokee County elementary school principals were promoted to districtwide positions Thursday, prompting the school board to relocate other administrators across the district to fill the vacancies.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said Paula Crumbley was hired as the new principal for Carmel Elementary School, starting next school year.
“She has prior teaching experience in Carroll County and Hall County. She is the recipient of the Title I Distinguished School Award,” Petruzielo said, “She has served as assistant principal, student support specialist and teacher in the Henry County Schools over a 14-year period.”
The current principal of Carmel, Dr. Keith Bryant, will finish out the school year before taking on his new role as supervisor of special education after being promoted to the position Thursday.
Crumbley now serves as principal at a Henry County elementary school and will begin as the new Carmel Elementary principal in the 2014-15 school year.
Hickory Flat Elementary School will also get a new principal this fall, Petruzielo said.
Whitney Nolan, who is now in her second year serving as the Woodstock Middle School assistant principal, will make Hickory Flat Elementary her new home.
“Whitney has prior experience as an elementary and middle school teacher in the state of Louisiana,” Petruzielo said, “She joined the school system in 2003 as a teacher at Dean Rusk Middle School.”
Nolan was an assistant principal at Dean Rusk Elementary School for seven years and now has an assistant principal position as Woodstock Middle School.
Nolan will be the new Hickory Flat principal starting next school year, as the current Hickory Flat principal, Dr. Keith Ingram, moves to the position of Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy principal.
Liberty Elementary School Principal Dr. Nicole Holmes was also promoted to a districtwide position, and now the principal of Ball Ground STEM Academy, Doug Knott, will become the new principal of Liberty this fall.
Holmes was promoted to the districtwide position of director of school operations and will finish out this school year before taking on the new role.
The current supervisor of maintenance, Ronald Barnes, was also promoted Thursday and will take on the position of director of maintenance.
Also on Thursday, the board:
• Approved a resolution regarding class size exemptions;
• Named School Board member Rick Steiner as the board’s 2013 Georgia School Boards Association delegate;
• Announced Whole Board Training for April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium;
• Heard public comment from Mike Chapman, who thanked the district for supporting the United Way fundraising campaign; and
• Heard Petruzielo thank the Cherokee County Educational Foundation for donating more than $20,000 to the district so far this school year.