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New Sandy Springs school principal named
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July 02, 2012 05:12 PM | 1419 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED AT 5:15 P.M. THURSDAY WITH CORRECTED INFO ON WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL's PRINCIPAL)

At its called meeting Thursday, the Fulton County Board of Education approved nine new principal appointments, it announced in a news release Monday. One is for Sandy Springs' Lake Forest Elementary.

“I’m pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said of the nine new principals. “Their leadership has made their current schools stand out and I’m confident they will do the same in their new positions.”

The principals began their new positions July 2.

Harvey Oaxaca was hired at Lake Forest, replacing Dara Wilson. Oaxaca previously served as an assistant principal, graduation coach, and ESOL/social studies teacher at Ridgeview Charter School, also in Sandy Springs. He also has taught ESOL professional development courses to Fulton County teachers, and before coming to the school system in 2005, he taught ESOL classes in Texas. He is a graduate of Fulton County Schools’ Aspiring Leaders Program.

Oaxaca attended McMurry University in Texas, where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in music and in elementary education. He also holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language from Georgia State University.

Previously in this article, the Neighbor reported that Richard Fowler was hired as the new principal at Woodland Middle School, but that school is in East Point, not Sandy Springs. Woodland Elementary School, which is in Sandy Springs, is led by Principal Amy Gamble, who will be returning for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Neighbor regrets the error.
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Karen Davenport
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July 12, 2012
Richard Fowler did not replace Amy Gamble at Woodland Elementary. He is the new principal at Woodland Middle School.
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