Beginning in August, Common Core Georgia Performance Standards will be implemented in Georgia classrooms.
Rowland will replace previous principal Kim Fraker, who transferred to East Paulding High School to serve as principal.
“I want to make sure we’re all on the same page with the common core standards coming in,” Rowland said. “And that we’re comfortable and familiar with what we need to be doing in the schools.”
According to the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia along with 47 other states, developed a set of core standards in English language arts and mathematics for kindergarten through 12th grades and released the standards in 2010.
These common core standards are designed to ensure consistent academic expectations among different states.
Teachers were trained on the standards last year, and the state expects a common assessment of the standards in the 2014-15 academic year, the department stated on its website.
Rowland comes to South Paulding from North Paulding High School, having served as an assistant principal for one year.
Prior to working at North Paulding, Rowland worked as an assistant principal at Hiram High School for four years and Herschel Jones Middle for a year.
The principal started his teaching career in his home state of Tennessee in the mid-1990s, teaching math.
Rowland taught math for nine years before beginning a career in administration.
“When I was teaching, I was working around administrators in our building and saw how the administrators were able to impact all the students in the building,” said Rowland. “That encouraged me to go down that road and seek out those graduate degrees I needed and learn from those people I worked with.”
Rowland received a doctorate in education from Liberty University.
The new principal said he looked forward to making academic progress with the staff at South Paulding — an apparently close staff that he called a “family.”
“My major goal is to become a part of the culture of that family and continue that tradition on,” Rowland said.
He also said he was looking forward to getting to know the students at South Paulding, which opened in 2006 and has an enrollment of about 1,900.
“I’m looking forward to working with the students,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to build relationships with them still and get to go in the classrooms and see what they’re learning. I’m very excited about being at South now and expect great things.”