By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) is getting a new principal. On Tuesday, March 24, the Morgan County Board of Education held a virtual special-called meeting to unanimously vote to approve Linda Smith, currently an assistant principal in Rockdale County, as the new principal of MCES.
“I am ready to take the reins at the end of the school year,” said Smith, who begins on July 1. “Morgan County has such a great reputation—not just here, but throughout the state. I am just glad to be part of your community.”
Smith and her husband Tim are looking forward to becoming involved in Morgan County. The couple’s daughter, Emily, will be a sophomore at Morgan County High School next year.
The Morgan County Board of Education welcomes Smith and her family to the school system.
“The Morgan County Charter School System is pleased to announce that the Board of Education approved Mrs. Linda Smith for the Elementary Principal position starting with 2020-2021 school year,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of schools. “Mrs. Smith has served as an Elementary School Assistant Principal for the past five years in Rockdale County. She also has 22 years of teaching experience that includes teaching fourth grade, fifth grade, and elementary gifted K-5. She holds a Master of Education and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University. Mrs. Smith has a reputation for having a positive attitude, being a problem solver, and being an effective communicator. We are excited to have her join the ‘One Morgan’ team.”
Chairman Nelson Hale welcomed Smith to the Morgan County Charter School System during the online meeting, due to the self-isolation practices during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can’t wait to meet you in person and we look forward to working with you,” said Hale.
The Morgan County BOE also approved new teachers for the coming school year: Sarah Cook, early childhood education teacher at Morgan County Primary School (MCPS), Kathryn Seymour, EIP teacher for MCPS, Sharon Garner, EIP teacher at MCPS, and David Kramer, a Science Teacher for Morgan County High School.
Dr. Woodard noted this hiring season has been challenging due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused all schools to close and school administrators to work from home for the most part. “This pandemic that we are in has slowed down how we do business and conduct interviews. We had to figure out how to do interviews differently,” said Woodard.