Thursday, January 19, 2006

New principal part of city school changes


Halfway through the school year, there are some administrative changes in the Holly Springs School District.

Superintendent of Education Cynthia Gentry was out of town early last week and questioned via telephone on Tuesday about the changes. Upon her return to the office, a press release was faxed to The South Reporter on Friday.

“In an effort to continue the refining and focusing of our work in providing quality services for our children, the following placements have been implemented at the administrative level of the Holly Springs School District,” Gentry stated in the release.

Lonnie Williams Sr., previously the assistant principal (seventh and eighth grades), is the new deputy superintendent (central office).

Wonso Hayes, previously the technology discovery teacher, is the new assistant principal at the high school.

John Chase and Adam Andrews swapped positions in the new alignment. Chase, former executive director of operations, is the new high school principal. Andrews, formerly the high school principal, is the new executive director of operations.

Andrews, who came from Forrest County, was named principal in May of last year. He started his duties during the summer. He replaced Dorsey Patterson, who retired.

Gentry, who came from Memphis, Tenn., was hired as superintendent in September of last year. She replaced Judy Smith, who retired.

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