Following a 6-0 vote by the Marietta school board, Shandra Lamback will become principal at West Side Elementary and Nikea Hurt will be principal of Dunleith Elementary.
Both start their new jobs July 1.
Lamback’s salary will be $92,858. She replaces Karen Smits, who made $111,668 in 2013 and left voluntarily to pursue other opportunities.
Hurt’s salary will be $96,038. Sarah Towler, the previous principal at Dunleith, made $90,951 in 2013.
Lamback was assistant principal at Vanderlyn Elementary in DeKalb County, while Hurt has nine years’ experience as a teacher and two years as an elementary school assistant principal. Hurt is leaving her job as assistant principal at Perkerson Elementary in Atlanta to come to Dunleith.
“I feel that my expertise will establish a strong foundation on teaching and learning as an essential component for continued student academic success at West Side Elementary,” said Lamback in a release. “Marietta City Schools has educational goals and expectations that foster innovative ideas. It is an honor to join a school system with so much promise and passion for the students served every day.”
Hurt is also excited about her new job.
“My experience in education has afforded me the opportunity to view leadership from several lenses,” she said. “It is my belief the most important of these lenses is being a servant leader to those around me and to develop and implement ideas that support the overall growth of our children. My goals have always been to contribute wherever I serve through dedication, honesty and hard work. My personal desire is to provide an environment that fosters students’ interests and inspires them beyond any self-imposed limitations.”
Lamback has seven years of experience as a teacher and six years as an assistant principal at the elementary level, including her most recent stop in DeKalb.
She has a bachelor of science degree from Paine College in Augusta, a master’s degree in education leadership from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Mass. and an education specialist degree from Troy University.
Hurt is a graduate of Argosy University in Florida, where she earned a doctorate and an education specialist degree in education leadership. She also has a master’s in adult instruction from Central Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Morris Brown College.