Thursday, November 29, 2007
Carter new principal
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp School gets a new principal next week, but he’s no stranger to the faculty and students there.
Tim Carter, social studies instructor and baseball/softball coach since August 2005, moves into the leadership position. He replaces Ken Basil, who will soon take over as Union County’s superintendent of education.
“This is a small-knit community, and I’ve fallen in love with the school and the kids,” Carter said. “It’s a family environment as far as the teachers and being able to know the kids. You get to know more than the kids’ grades. You get to know them and you can help them in the rest of their lives, too.”
Carter has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University.
His experience includes jobs as instructor, coach, assistant principal, athletic director and director of transportation at Columbus, New Hope and Oxford. He was also a civilian education guidance counselor for the Mississippi Army National Guard in Jackson. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
Carter said he plans no immediate changes at Potts Camp.
“We’re a Level 4.5 school, so obviously good things are happening here,” he said. “Of course our ultimate goal is Level 5.
“We want to improve our (state) test scores, and also we want to get our ACT scores up.”
Potts Camp has started college-level AP (Advanced Placement) courses and he wants to get more students in those.
“We want our kids believing we can match up with anybody,” Carter said. “We’re who we are, and we’re going to be the best.”
He moves into the principal’s seat Monday, Dec. 3. He said he looks forward to working with the “great” faculty and assistant principals Ray Kennedy and Jerry Martin.
“It’s all in place here – now we have the opportunity to take it to the next level,” Carter said.
“This is an excellent small school, and I’m excited about the future.”
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