The Bryan County Board of Education has filled several administrative positions at various schools across the county as well as central office positions, according to a press release issued Friday by the Bryan BoE.
Following a closed session during the BoE’s called work session on Thursday at the Richmond Hill Pre-K Center, the board unanimously approved to fill vacant principal positions at Bryan County Middle School, Bryan County Elementary School and Lanier Primary School.
Also approved unanimously were candidates for Assistant Superintendent for Operations and Student Services and Director of Special Education.
“There is nothing more important to the success of an organization than the people who work for the organization,” Superintendent Paul Brooksher said in the release. “I want to commend the Board of Education for their commitment to finding the very best for Bryan County Schools and truly look forward to the positive impact each new leader will have on our school system.”
Dr. Michael Tinney will soon take over as principal at Bryan County Middle School. Former principal Debbie Hamm retired in November.
Tinney currently serves as the principal of Lumpkin County Middle School. In addition to being a middle school principal, he has served as a high school principal, high school assistant principal, elementary assistant principal, special education teacher and coach.
Joining the staff as principal at Bryan County Elementary School is Julia Gannam. Gannam will replace Debbie Laing, who retired in November.
Gannam currently serves with Chatham-County Schools as the principal of Isle of Hope PK-8 School. In addition to being an elementary school principal, she has served as assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, reading/literacy coach, and elementary school teacher.
Taking over as principal at Lanier Primary School is Jeff Hodges, who takes the place of Patti Newman who also retired in November.
Hodges currently serves as the assistant principal at Lanier Primary School. During Mr. Hodges’ 16 year career with Bryan County Schools, he has served as the technology resource teacher at Bryan County Elementary School and a classroom teacher at Bryan County High School.
Taking over as assistant superintendent for operations and student services is Dr. Trey Robertson. Robertson currently serves as the principal at Southeast Bulloch High School.
In addition to being a high school principal, Robertson has served as an elementary principal, assistant principal at the elementary and high school level, teacher and coach. Robertson has participated in many capital projects and has experience as an administrator in two different school systems, according to the release.
Dr. Rebecca Stephens will soon take over the position of director of special education. Stephens comes to Bryan County Schools with experience as director of special education, high school principal, curriculum director, assistant special education director, testing and data coordinator and special education teacher (grades K-12).
More than 150 applicants applied to fill the slots for the 2013-14 school year, according to the release.