The School Board on Thursday, Feb. 2, approved the appointment of veteran educator and principal Dr. Bob Eddy as interim principal for Etowah High School through the end of the school year.
Dr. Eddy, whose long career in the Cherokee County School District has included serving as a classroom teacher, award-winning wrestling coach, principal of Dean Rusk MS and as the first principal of Creekview HS, will transition into the role this month in anticipation of the departure of Principal Keith Ball. Principal Ball is leaving CCSD to move closer to his extended family in New York and pursue a new career opportunity there.
Although retired, Dr. Eddy has worked part-time for CCSD in recent years to assist with its implementation of the State’s new teacher and leader evaluation system. He will officially begin serving as interim principal on March 1 and continue in the role through the end of the school year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he and his staff will use the next six weeks to seek out and interview candidates for this principal post, as well as other principal slots and district leadership roles that need to be filled for next school year. He said he anticipates recommendations will be presented to the School Board at the March 16 meeting.
“We’ll be doing a lot of interviewing,” Dr. Hightower said. “We are committed to finding the best possible leaders for our schools and district offices.”
The School Board also:
• Heard a presentation from Jordan Mason, River Ridge High School’s Student Delegate to the School Board, on his senior project, which includes a CCSD student leadership academy on Feb. 18, 2017 at Reinhardt University and the development of senior project recognition pins;
• Recognized Etowah HS senior Nathan Baker for achieving a perfect ACT score;
• Recognized Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring for being inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame and being named Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year;
• Recognized CCSD middle and high school students selected for All State Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Reading Chorus;
• Recognized Region and State athletic champions;
• Approved a resolution proclaiming Feb. 16, 2017 as “PTA Day in the Cherokee County School District”;
• Approved the final reading of an amended School Board Policy regarding student records;
• Approved monthly financial and Education SPLOST reports;
• Approved out-of-state travel;
• Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips;
• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;
• Approved monthly personnel recommendations; and,
• Approved the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Superintendent’s organizational chart.
School Board Member Clark Menard was absent.
Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017