Former Polaris Evening School Principal Bob Hahn will go to River Ridge High School this fall to teach video production.
Dr. Brian Hightower, assistant superintendent of school operations, said Hahn was previously a teacher on special assignment with the district and has a background in technology.
“In his final few years in teaching, he wanted to be back in the classroom with the kids,” Hightower said. “He’s got a lot of history in the high school setting. He taught in Cobb County previously and then came to us and got involved in the tech arena.”
Polaris, which has recently been converted to Polaris Evening Program, will welcome Curt Ashley as its new administrator beginning in August.
Hightower said Ashley has been a longtime assistant principal within the district and has served in the role at Etowah High School for the past eight years.
“He’ll still be in the assistant principal position (as an administrator) and will be under the supervision of the Woodstock High principal, but he will have a lot more responsibilities as far as designing programs, recruiting teachers and directly overseeing academics and discipline,” Hightower said.
Filling Ashley’s role at Etowah is Dan Snipes, a Cherokee High School teacher in the social studies department. Hightower said Snipes taught an entirely Advanced Placement course schedule at Cherokee and came “highly recommended” from staff there.
“I think that speaks to his abilities and this connection with the kids,” Hightower said, adding Snipes had gone through the Superintendent’s Leadership Program, which identifies and works with teacher-leaders to become future administrators.
“When the right position came along, we snagged him,” Hightower said. “He has excellent credentials as a vital part of the Cherokee staff.”
Among the district employee honorees to be recognized at Wednesday’s meeting are Carmel Elementary School Assistant Principal Dr. Pam Green, who has won the 2012 Outstanding Assistant Principal of Georgia Award presented by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals.
The award is in recognition of her dedication to the students, parents, staff and community the school serves and the high quality of service and leadership she provides them, according to Principal Dr. Keith Bryant, who nominated Green.
Mill Creek Middle School Principal Elaine Daniel has won the 2011-12 Outstanding Principal Award presented by the Georgia PTA. Georgia PTA each year honors one Outstanding Principal of the Year in the categories of elementary, middle and high schools. Daniel was nominated for the state award by the Mill Creek Middle School PTSA.
Coach Dennis Conway has been selected as the Georgia Lacrosse “Man of the Year” Award by the High School Coaches Council for the Georgia Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. The award is given to a coach who has shown outstanding dedication to the sport of lacrosse.
Conway has been an Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach at Woodstock High School for five years; and, during that time, the program has doubled its number of student athletes.
A resident of Cherokee County since 1982, Conway has also worked as a paraprofessional at Woodstock for the past five years and serves on the Cherokee County Board of Tax Assessors.
Finally, Liberty Elementary School, led by Principal Dr. Nicole Holmes, has won the 2012 School Bell Award presented by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals. This honor is presented to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding programs in the area of curriculum and organizational leadership.
Liberty was selected for this honor based on its outstanding initiative, “Implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) School-wide Program.”
The RTI Program at Liberty ES was also previously honored with the 2011 SSTAGE (Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators) Star Award for Promising Practices.
Also at the meeting, the board will:
n Make a digital recording of the meeting for the first time to begin a published video archive of all future meetings, which will be made public via the school board’s website.
n Consider technical modifications to the Board of Education policies on final reading
n Consider the superintendent’s recommendation of a tribunal hearing panel for certificated personnel who are recommended for employment contract termination or suspension. The recommended panel includes: Carol Baumgartner, Donna Callahan, Jerry Cox, Janice Fuller, Jeff Garrett, Bonnie Holton, Kenny Morris, Pattie Rouse, Debbie Thompson and Dwight Woodall.
n Consider the approval of the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which was tabled at the June 28 meeting to receive public input and advertise. The board will receive final comments on the tentative budget, make revisions as necessary and adopt the final budget at Wednesday’s meeting.