LaGRANGE — The Board of Education hired a new central administrator and two new principals during a called meeting Tuesday.
Kimberly Jones White was named director of elementary education for the school system. She will replace Patty Lee, who retires July 1.
White has worked with the Georgia Department of Education as a parent engagement program specialist since last year. Previously, she was with Muscogee County schools from 2009, where she was senior director for the Title 1 school improvement and Race to the Top programs, a school improvement grant administrator and an instructional specialist.
White has educational specialist and master’s degrees from Troy University in educational leadership and elementary education. She is married to LaGrange High School principal Alton White.
Christina Grace was named principal of Rosemont Elementary School. She will replace Natalie Givins, who retires Aug. 1.
Grace has been in the Troup County School System for 20 years. She has been an instructional specialist at Callaway Elementary School since 2009 and previously worked at Long Cane Middle School as a teacher and summer school coordinator, and teacher at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School.
Grace has educational specialist and master’s degrees from Troy State University in educational leadership and elementary education.
LaRoyce Sublett was named principal of Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. He will replace Lorraine Jackson, who retires Aug. 1.
Sublett was most recently an assistant principal in Cobb County schools, starting in 2015. He previously was a special education administrator in Marietta City Schools from 2014 to 2015 and a special education inclusion support specialist in Dallas County from 2013 to 2014. He served as principal at Paul D. West Middle School from 2010 to 2013 and Hamilton Holmes Elementary School from 2008 to 2010, both in Fulton County.
Sublett has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in sociology from Texas Southern University, a master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston.
In other business Tuesday, the Board of Education approved a total $491,401.46 for new math and English materials for elementary schools.
The materials include books for guided, group reading for students at all elementary schools and mentor books to guide teachers’ reading lessons at a total cost of $374,565.32. The purchase is the first series of language arts-based materials for the system in 15 years, said Lee, the current elementary education director.
“Throughout the years we have tried to go outside, look online for different resources; we’ve had our academic coaches supporting us with it,” Lee said. “And now we just wanted to take it a step forward and finalize exactly what the curriculum is going to be and provide our teachers with the resources they need to teach the curriculum. It’s always hard when a teacher has a good plan in place, but just can’t find that correct book, or doesn’t have the resources to provide it to more students.”
The other set of materials are math-focused Eureka Math classroom sets and student workbooks for kindergarten to second graders at all elementary schools. The cost for the materials is $116,836.14.
The sets will save teachers time and money from making numerous copies of material they currently use, said Lee and other teachers attending the meeting to speak about the materials.
Both purchases will come from school system budgeted contingency funds.
Also Tuesday, the board approved:
• Renewal of an agreement with Loy’s Office Supply for annual copier maintenance at a cost of $85,000 to be paid from school system budgeted technology funds.
• Paying $42,533.53 from school system general funds to Milliken & Company to replace carpet tiles in classrooms at Hillcrest Elementary School.
• Adding West Point Elementary as one of the Community Eligibility Provision school for 2016-2017. The provision allows students to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge based on poverty level with costs reimbursed from federal funds. Currently, three other elementary schools are already have CEP: Berta Weathersbee, Ethel Kight and Whitesville Road.
• A mandated increase on paid school lunches based on federal regulations by 10 cents per meal.
• Naming Torrance Construction Company as contractor at risk for renovations and modifications to the Callaway High School cafeteria for an amount not to exceed $550,000. Renovations include replacing flooring and ceiling material, and adding windows. Cost to be paid from educational special-purpose, local-option sales tax funds.
• Naming Atlanta-based Goodwin, Mills and Cawood as a board-approved architect for future work. John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations, said the company has experience in designing athletic facilities throughout Georgia and Alabama, and noted the upcoming E-SPLOST plans include new athletic facilities for Troup and LaGrange high schools.
Matthew Strother is the editor of LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2153.