New principals for Walton, Sprayberry and North Cobb high schools, Daniell Middle School and Tritt and Fair Oaks elementary schools were appointed by Cobb’s school board Tuesday.

Dr. Catherine Mallanda, an assistant principal at Walton High, will replace longtime principal Judy McNeill, who retires this summer.

Mallanda has taught with the district since 1996 and has been at Walton since 2000, according to her resume. Her salary will increase from $97,721 to $131,303.

Karen Carstens, assistant principal at Powers Ferry Elementary, will take over as principal of Tritt Elementary. She replaces former principal Tricia Patterson, who accepted a role with Marietta City Schools last month as principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.

Carstens will be paid a salary of $102,182.

Sara Griffin, assistant principal at Sprayberry High was promoted to principal. She takes over from Joseph Sharp, who is resigning this month. She begins her new role June 18 and will make a salary of $112,965.

Matthew Moody will take over as principal of North Cobb High in July, replacing Joseph Horton, who was reassigned to assistant principal at Sprayberry. Moody, the Warriors’ former assistant principal, will be paid $121,522.

James Rawls, an assistant principal at Cooper Middle School, was named the principal of Daniell Middle School. He will make $103,083. He takes over for David Nelson, who was reassigned as principal of Pine Mountain Middle School.

Dean Yoder, an assistant principal at Campbell Middle, was named principal of Fair Oaks Elementary. He will take over for principal Liz Murphy, who is retiring Aug. 1. 

The newly-named principals have more than 110 years of combined experience, according to the district.

“Because of the quality of our staff members, our students are continually recognized for their success on the state and national stage,” Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said in a statement. “I’m confident that these new principals will build on the foundation, which makes Cobb simply better, and I’m proud to welcome them to our team.”

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You should Google "staffing surge" in education and see if we've gotten what tax money has paid for in personnel. Spoiler alert: we've not! Management takes all the cash while everyone else does the real work. No surprises here.

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