TCS principal vacancies may soon be filled

Published 10:08 pm Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Troy City Schools continues to search for three principals to fill principal vacancies at each of its schools, but at least some of those decisions could be finalized Thursday.

The Troy Board of Education has called a special meeting for Thursday, and Felton-Smith said there could be recommendations made to the board at that meeting.

“Our specially called meeting is in regards to the principal openings, and we hope to be able to make some recommendations concerning those vacancies at that meeting,” Felton-Smith said.

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Even if recommendations are not made at the special meeting, those recommendations will come sooner rather than later.

Felton-Smith said a timetable has been set for the hiring process, and that TCS would like to have all three new principals in place by July 1.

The principal positions became vacant at the end of the 2009-10 school year, when TES principal Geoffrey Spann retired after 11 years as principal, and both CHMS principal Chresal Threadgill and CHHS principal David Helms elected to move to the TCS Central Office to serve as administrative assistants to the superintendent.

With the series of career choices by its principals, TCS found itself in a unique, but not unheard of position.

TCS also had to fill three principal vacancies in 1996, and Felton-Smith said TCS would find three appropriate candidates once again.

“This is not the first time we have had to hire three principals, but we feel confident there are people out there we can find or who will get in touch with us that we can be the people we need,” Felton-Smith said.

“We are in the process of continuing to search for people to fill our principal vacancies,” Felton-Smith said.

“We are reviewing applications, and interviewing candidates, so we are working diligently to get the people we need in place.”