Five Aiken County public schools, including North Augusta Middle, will have new principals at the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Barry Head, the principal at North Augusta Middle, is retiring along with the principals of Warrenville Elementary and East Aiken School of the Arts, according to Dr. Cecelia Hewett, the associate superintendent of administration.
The principal at Silver Bluff High has made a request to transfer to another position in the district. The principal at Ridge Spring-Monetta High resigned midway through the year and an interim principal is in place for the rest of the school year, she said.
The school district held meetings with faculty and staff and the community during the last week of April to get their input on the characteristics the next principal for their school should possess, Hewett said.
“Each of our schools is unique to the community they serve, and we wanted to have an understanding from the faculty and staff, the parents and community stakeholders as to what they thought they need for their school,” she said. “It also shared the vision the stakeholders have for their school.”
During the faculty and staff and community input meetings held at North Augusta Middle on April 23, it was stressed that it’s important to have someone who will continue Head’s success, Hewett said.
“They want to make sure that someone comes in and continues with the mission, direction and vision of the school,” she said.
A decision on the new principals for the five schools could come as early as this week, which would allow time for the new principals to meet with current principals, faculty and staff, parents and the community before officially taking over their new role in July, Hewett said.