After eight years of being at North Augusta Middle School, Wendy Jacobs has been named the new principal.
She replaces Barry Head, who retired after being principal for 13 years.
Jacobs has been serving as interim principal while Head was out on medical leave and she will begin her new position July 1.
“He did a phenomenal job and was a great mentor for me,” Jacobs said of Head. “He gave me a lot of opportunity to grow as a leader, as a teacher and as an assistant principal.”
Jacobs began her career with North Augusta Middle in 2004 as an English language arts teacher, and in 2007 she became the assistant principal.
“I am looking forward to continuing the work that we started at North Augusta Middle School and we have a dynamic group of faculty and staff who are extremely dedicated and hardworking and I am looking forward to meeting with them during the summer and determining what programs we want to continue,” Jacobs said.
She said she is also looking forward to working with the School Improvement Council and the Parent Teacher Organization to continue providing an excellent education for pupils in a safe environment.
“The ultimate goal is to offer every student a chance to succeed,” she said.
Eighth graders used netbooks this year, and Jacobs said she plans to acquire more netbooks to be used by sixth and seventh grades.
“We would like to continue to increase our technology resources for the students,” she said. “Our faculty members have worked hard to help our students achieve success and we want to continue to thrive in this area of academic achievement and rigor."
There has also been talk of new programs and clubs that teachers would like to implement, and Jacobs said she will seek input from faculty on current programs and possible additions.
Five new principals were named at the May 8 Aiken County School Board meeting. Other principals announced include: Michael Bradley Watson, Warrenville Elementary; Lisa Fallaw, East Aiken School of the Arts; Warren Wintrode, Ridge Spring-Monetta High; and Collette Johnson, Silver Bluff High.
“I am really excited about this opportunity and very appreciative of the confidence the school board and cabinet members placed in me to continue on with the level of excellence Mr. Head established here at North Augusta Middle School,” she said.