District Announces New Administrators for 2013-14
Beth Tatum is the new interim principal for Carver Road Middle School. Ms. Tatum formally served the school as its assistant principal. A Specialist in Educational Leadership, Ms. Tatum has been a teacher and program manager in the Griffin-Spalding County School System. Tony Hall will become the new AP at Carver Road. He joins the district from Houston County where he was an assistant principal and summer school principal.
Anthony Aikens was promoted to principal at Jordan Hill Elementary from his position as AP. Mr. Aikens has been a math teacher and coach in South Georgia and was assistant principal at Kennedy Road prior to joining Jordan Hill. Tonya Nelms will join Jordan Hill as the new assistant principal. She holds a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia and taught in Griffin.
Other new administrators include:
Dr. Michael Taylor, assistant principal, Anne Street Elementary came to GSCS from the Atlanta Public Schools where he taught elementary school. He is retired from the Air Force and holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Lenora Clarkson, assistant principal, Cowan Road Middle Holds her Education Leadership and Master's Degree. She served GSCS since 2006 as a teacher, behavior specialist, and intervention support specialist.
Laura Ergle, assistant principal, Spalding High comes to Griffin from the Georgia Department of Education where she held leadership positions since 2006. In addition to a doctorate in Educational Leadership, she has been a classroom teacher.
Ryan Meeks, assistant principal for instruction, Spalding High is completing his Doctorate of Educational Leadership this year. Mr. Meeks has been a teacher and assistant principal in GSCS since 2000 and his new role will allow him to focus more on instructional improvement.
"I am thrilled that we have established an outstanding administrative team for the coming school year," said Dr. Curtis Jones, superintendent. "2013-14 will prove to be a year of achievement for GSCS students."
School Bus Transportation Will Revert to Last Year's Routes Effective Monday
Effective Monday, August 19, Griffin-Spalding County School System bus routes will revert to last year's schedule. That means that students will be picked up at the same stops as last year and, in most cases, by the same driver.
"After extensive work and review by many staff members, we have determined that the best course of action is to return to last year's routes," said Jim Smith, assistant superintendent.
On Friday, schools sent home a letter and route sheet with students that shows the bus number along with a list of assigned bus stops and morning pick-up times. In addition, information is posted on the district website and Facebook pages.
You may go to your school or the system website at www.spalding.k12.ga.us to find your bus stop.
In addition, route numbers will revert to the bus number itself. However, in some cases, students may have a different bus number this year but have their same driver.
"Returning to the routes run in the previous year should allow a smoother flow from this point forward," continued Smith. "But, we know we will experience some issues that always accompany bus changes. Please be patient as we work to resolve any future issues."
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