Thursday, July 29, 2010
Team in place to lead schools
By BARRY BURLESON
A new school year will bring a few administrative changes in the Marshall County district.
The summer break is almost over. Students return to classes Thursday, Aug. 5.
“I am excited about our new administrative team,” said Jerry Moore, assistant superintendent of education. “They should be good. I think they all fit their spots well.”
Landon Pollard will be the new principal at Byhalia Middle School. He graduated from Ole Miss and the Mississippi Principal Corps.
“We recruited him from Clinton High School,” Moore said. “He will have nine new teachers on his staff which we recruited from all over (St. John’s University, Amherst College, Rhodes College, Millsaps and Ole Miss).”
Many of the BMS teachers taught in the free summer school program in partnership with the Holly Springs School District and Ole Miss.
“So, we’ve seen them teach already and are excited about what they can do,” Moore said.
Carrie Skelton returns to the assistant principal position at Byhalia Middle School.
Demeka Smith will be the new principal at Byhalia Elementary School. The Ole Miss graduate has been with the county school district as an assistant principal for a couple of years.
“She’s ready to be a principal - lots of good ideas and an excellent work ethic,” Moore said.
Todd Sanderson will be new assistant principal, moving over from Byhalia High.
“He is familiar with the high school’s problems academically since he has worked there the past two years as an assistant principal and we’re hoping by moving him to the elementary he can work on those academic issues that might become a problem later on for the high school. They (Smith and Sanderson) make a good team as well.”
Don Jackson and William Oliver return to their principal and assistant principal roles, respectively, at Byhalia High School.
Summer Pannell, a former coach at the high school, will shift back there from Byhalia Middle as as assistant principal and instructional facilitator.
“She is very familiar with the high school and will fit right back into the team,” Moore said.
Chris Ferrell will be new principal at H.W. Byers Elementary School. He was formerly an assistant principal at the high school.
“He has already hired some great teachers from across the state, here locally and from Tennessee,” Moore said. “He lives in the Byers community, so he should be extremely aware of the community and its needs.”
Byers High School
Sonya Cross remains as principal at H.W. Byers High School and Gail Moreland as assistant principal.
“We added fifth and sixth grade to H.W. Byers High School last year in order to work on academic issues in those two grades,” Moore said. “We’ve done well with those two grades and will continue to work with those two grades to bring their scores up to the level of grades seven through 12.”
Andrae Sims will be the new principal at Galena Elementary. He has served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and instructional facilitator at H.W. Byers High School.
“He knows academics and will be a great fit for Galena,” Moore said.
There are no administrative changes at Potts Camp – Leigh Anne Sanderson is principal and Shane Stone and Jerry Martin are assistant principals.
“They have done well academically and in the areas of activity and parental involvement,” Moore said. “They could possibly be a high performing school this year.”
Pat Kennedy will remain the principal at Mary Reid Elementary.
Fourth graders will be moved to the Mary Reid campus from Potts Camp as soon as the new P.E. building with extra classrooms is complete.
Jennifer Gurley takes over new leadership duties at the Marshall County Alternative School, moving from principal at Byhalia Elementary.
The alternative school is located in Holly Springs and is a joint effort between the county and city school districts.
She started her new position in mid-July.
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