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A TIME TO LEARN: Changes ahead for Douglas County Schools
by Bill Baldowski
August 06, 2014 01:02 PM | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chapel Hill High School biology and environmental science teacher Krystle Teal gets her classroom ready for an open house event before the start of school last week.
Chapel Hill High School biology and environmental science teacher Krystle Teal gets her classroom ready for an open house event before the start of school last week.
“Change” is the word Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz used to describe the 2014-15 school year which started today.

“One of the things about being in the profession of educating students is that changes occur and one gets a fresh start each year,” he said.

Change is what the system’s 25,800 students will see this morning as they start another school year.

“From an enrollment standpoint, we are welcoming back approximately 25,400 students while welcoming for the first time approximately 400 new students,” Pritz said.

However, he noted school officials will have their most accurate enrollment count on Sept. 4 after the Labor Day holiday.

From a personnel standpoint, Pritz said the school system welcomed 75 new teachers this year.

“However, 70 of those are veteran educators who have come to our school system,” Pritz said.

Three elementary schools, Dorsett Shoals, Mount Carmel and Winston, have new principals while three others, Beulah, Burnett and Holly Springs, have principals who were reassigned from other schools.

The largest number of administrative changes, however, involved assistant principals, Pritz said.

The Douglas County School System has new assistant principals at Beulah, Annette Winn, Bright Star, Burnett, Holly Springs and Mason Creek elementary schools.

In addition, there are new assistant principals at Chapel Hill Middle School and Douglas County High School.

Newly reassigned assistant principals are at Factory Shoals and North Douglas Elementary as well as Chestnut Log Middle School.

With regard to school structures, students attending Chestnut Log and Stewart middle schools will see differences in the physical appearances of their schools following renovations over the summer break.

According to Douglas County Schools Construction Project Supervisor Jack Gardner, Chestnut Log underwent an $11 million renovation while Stewart saw work totaling $4 million. Last week, Chapel Hill High School conducted a program at the school designed to welcome about 350 incoming high school freshmen.

According to Chapel Hill Assistant Principal Nicole Watson, the event was designed to not only welcome the students and their parents but allow the students to become familiar with their new school surroundings.

“This is another group of great freshmen,” she said.

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