Board Briefs: School Board Begins Annual Leadership Hiring Process

Board Briefs: School Board Begins Annual Leadership Hiring Process

The School Board on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, began its annual leadership hiring process with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendations to fill two central administration vacancies.

With its approval of the Superintendent’s monthly personnel recommendations, the Board appointed Dr. Shannon Carroll as the new Supervisor for Instructional Technology and Rocky Simpson as the new Coordinator of Maintenance.  With these approvals, the Board next month can proceed with approving recommendations for Principal openings, and, in April, approve appointments for Assistant Principals and any other subsequently vacant leadership positions.

“Both of these appointments add more depth to our leadership strength,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said of Dr. Carroll and Simpson.  “Shannon, in her current role as a curriculum coordinator, has been a critical resource for STEM instruction, and we know she will expertly guide our use of classroom technology.  We’re so proud of Rocky, who’s a graduate of Cherokee High, for coming back to us after college to use his expertise to support our schools.”

Dr. Carroll joined CCSD in 1993 as a teacher and, after a classroom career that included twice earning her school’s Teacher of the Year title, moved into District leadership roles in curriculum and professional development.  Mr. Simpson joined CCSD in 2002 after earning his degree from Kennesaw State University.

The School Board also:

• Recognized Holly Springs ES STEM Academy as a Microsoft Showcase School;

• Recognized CCSD as the recipient of the National Employer Support of the Guard

and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award;

• Recognized Carmel ES teacher Merry Willis and Holly Springs ES STEM Academy teacher Lisa Lougheed as Global Minecraft Mentors;

• Recognized Woodstock HS economics teacher Josh Sailers as the 2018 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year;

• Recognized E.T. Booth Middle School as a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship;

• Recognized the Woodstock ES FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team as first-place winners in Core Values for Team Work at the State finals and as Super Regionals champions;

• Recognized Sequoyah High School junior Hanna Palmer for being elected to the 2018-2019 Georgia DECA State Executive Officer Team;

• Recognized State and Regional Champions from the Etowah High School wrestling team;

• Approved a resolution recognizing March 1, 2018 as “PTA Day in the Cherokee County School District”;

• Adopted International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for students and educators;

• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with Aramark Management Services, Cherokee County Historical Society and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society;

• Approved month

ly financial reports;

• Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips and professional development;

• Approved special lease agreements; and,

• Met in Executive Session to discuss personnel, real estate and student disciplinary matters.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018


CCSD Earns Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award

First Sgt. (Ret.) Thomas “Randy” Hardin, left, presents the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer award to CCSD Office of Human Resources Director Dr. Adrian Thomason and Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu. Teasley Middle School Assistant Principal John Carter, right, serves as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve and nominated CCSD for the award.

The Cherokee County School District has earned a National honor for its support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

The School District was nominated for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award by Teasley Middle School Assistant Principal John Carter. The Award recognize employers for “policies and practices that facilitate employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.” Mr. Carter serves as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, and is a member of the 313th Army Band supporting the 81st Regional Support Command.

“I immensely appreciate CCSD’s support of my military service,” said Mr. Carter, who prior to beginning his service as a school administrator worked for CCSD as a school band teacher and director. “Last school year, as well as throughout my career with the School District, I have been met with nothing but support from this county. I know for a fact that many of my fellow soldiers do not enjoy the same level of support” from their employers.

The award recently was presented to CCSD by First Sgt. (Ret.) Thomas “Randy” Hardin, representing the Georgia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. It was accepted on behalf of CCSD by Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu and Director Adrian Thomason.

They will be recognized for this honor by the Superintendent and School Board at the Jan. 18 School Board meeting.

“We want every student to learn about our great Nation’s history and the important role our military has played and continues to play in securing and preserving freedom at home and around our world,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, a former history teacher. “Our employees who have served our country’s military, and those like Mr. Carter who continue to serve, play an important role in making these lessons real for our students. We appreciate our veterans and service members and are honored to employ them and humbled by this recognition.”

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