Youth Leadership Douglas

Program sponsors recognized the fall graduates of Youth Leadership Douglas, including Alexander students Macie Davis, Kyanna Fletcher, Carsen Kimbrough, Chase Ledgerwood, and Macy McIntosh; Chapel Hill students Carter Armstrong, Jayden Braxton, Cason Brown, Jack Johnson, Chantz Sorrows, Thalia Tyson and Andrew Walker; Douglas County High students James Benedict, Maia Bliss, Molly Gilbert, Arianna Henderson, Mina Wallace, and Reece White; and New Manchester students Kennidi Harvey and Aniyah Lewis.

Six Douglas County schools will have new principals in the fall, including a high school which will have its third leader in seven years.

The Douglas County School Board recently approved the appointments of new principals at New Manchester High School; Mason Creek and Stewart middle schools; and Chapel Hill, Mt. Carmel and North Douglas elementary schools beginning July 1.

Assistant Principal Tekmekia Gilchrist was promoted to principal of New Manchester and become the third principal in the school's seven-year history.

Gilchrist will replace Marco Holland, who was appointed principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary.

Holland led New Manchester for two years after one year as principal at Douglass High School in Atlanta. He began work as New Manchester principal in July 2016 and replaced Connie Craft, who led the school for four years after it opened in 2011.

Other new principals will include:

• Robyn Scott, principal at Stewart Middle School, who will move to become principal of Mason Creek Middle School. She will replace Eric Collins, who was appointed principal administrator of the Student Success Academy.

•  Donita Cullen, assistant principal at Douglas County High School, will replace Scott as principal of Stewart Middle.

• Karna Kelly, assistant principal at Mt. Carmel Elementary, was promoted to principal of North Douglas Elementary. She will replace Fran Davis.

• Minda Trexler, assistant principal at Factory Shoals Elementary School, was appointed principal of Holly Springs Elementary.

Trexler will replace Melanie Manley, who was appointed an area executive director for the school system.

Other administrative changes approved for the school system beginning July 1 included:

• Jessica Ainsworth, director of assessment, was appointed principal of Chapel Hill Elementary to replace Robert Blevins, who is retiring.

• Monica Henderson, special education program specialist with the Georgia Department of Education, was appointed special education assistant director for Douglas County schools. She will replace Carol Gee, who is retiring.

• Bakahai Litman was appointed graduation coordinator. Litman currently is an English teacher at Carrollton High School.

In other action last week, the board approved spending more than $105,000 in sales tax revenues for furniture and carpet for the 13-classroom addition to Lithia Springs Elementary School.

The $5.4 million classroom addition was funded by a 1 percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that Douglas County voters approved in March 2016.

The same funding source will be used to pay Milliken Carpet for installation of 1,288 square yards of carpeting totaling more than $25,000. Russell Ventures will provide tables, science tables, classroom and teacher chairs, and storage units at a cost of more than $34,000.

Other approved suppliers for furniture and desks include Staples for almost $16,000; and Virco for more than $29,000.


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