By Tia Lynn Ivey
The search for a new superintendent of schools for Morgan County is underway, narrowed down to just three candidates.
The Morgan County Board of Education will decide between the following three qualified candidates: Dr. Philip Brown, Dr. Virgil Buddy Cole, and Mr. Jay Homan, the current assistant superintendent of Morgan County Schools.
The Board of Education had a special called meeting last week to review each of the candidates’ resumes and will announce their final selection in two weeks.
“The applications, resumes, and credentials of each will be posted to the Morgan County School System website,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of schools. “ The public will have 14 days to review credentials of each candidate.”
Dr. Philip Brown served as principal of North Oconee High School in Oconee County since 2011, one of the top high schools in the State of Georgia. According to his resume he’s been “responsible for the well-being of over 1400 students, and a supervisor of over 110 employees and 255,000 square foot facility.” Brown has also been “responsible for a million-dollar budget between per pupil funds, athletics, booster clubs, and fine arts. As a high school principal, I am the face of our cluster of schools. I am responsible for effectively communicating with all stakeholders. I serve as the instructional and strategic leader for the school. I provide instructional and professional leadership to faculty and staff members. I am responsible for the entire workings of a school including curriculum, discipline, facilities, personnel, fine arts, athletics, clubs, instructional leadership, monitoring of instruction, and budget maintenance.”
Dr. Virgil Cole has served as the Glynn County School System Superintendent since 2017. According to his resume, he’s been charged with “leading a school district of 13,300 students, 2,000, and a $140 million budget. Under Cole’s leadership, the county high school earned a 92.8 graduation rate, increased CCRPI scores from 77.7 to 83.7, reduced the number of “F” schools from three to zero, and exceeded the State and RESA on Georgia Milestones for all high school End-of-Course (EOC) assessments.
According to Cole’s resume, “For 2019-2020, five of district’s nine elementary schools served through Title I were recognized as Distinguished/Reward Schools by GaDOE. For 2019, thirteen of district’s sixteen schools designated as Beating the Odds by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement *For 2019, three schools recognized as Highest Performing/Greatest Gains school award winners out of 189 Georgia public schools in 58 districts.”
Jay Homan, the current assistant superintendent of Morgan County Schools, is also in the running for the superintendent position. Homan has served as assistant superintendent since 2018. According to his resume, “The major responsibilities of this position include assisting the Superintendent with the entire operation of the school system, understanding effective school improvement strategies, budgeting, special education, human resources, professional development, FTE, RtI, school nutrition, school social work, counseling, student discipline, accreditation, community involvement, and various other areas of student support. Under my leadership, we were able to increase our FTE earnings over the past two years.”
To view each candidates full resume and application visit: www.morgan.k12.ga.us.