Superintendent Roberson to recommend new principals for Josey High, Laney High

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News 12 First at Five/Thursday May 29, 2014

RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW) -- Sherry Bussey, mother of three, has a lot of history with Josey High School.

"I had a son graduate this year, 2014 and a daughter that's going to be transitioning from Murphey Middle School. And, I also have a daughter who's going to be an 11th grade student here at Josey," she explained.

So, she's definitely interested in learning who Superintendent Frank Roberson recommends tonight for principal at Josey High and also, principal at Laney High.

"I'm hoping that the new principal comes in and brings lots of good and exciting stuff to keep the kids uplifted," Bussey said.

Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey says those are ideals they looked for when the dozens of applications came flowing in.

"We interviewed 14 candidates and the top six interviewed candidates scores were sent to Dr. Roberson then he and I interviewed those candidates," Spivey explained.

From 14 candidates, they widdled it down to two and Spivey says they're expected to get straight to work.

"We're looking for some persons to come on board and immediately go to work to continuously improve the schools," said Spivey. "That's the name of the game, continuous improvement."

"I think that that'll be a great thing for the kids," Bussey said. "The main thing is keeping them motivated because we want them to learn."

And with one daughter who's expected to go to Josey after it merges with Murphey middle, Bussey says her only other concern is that the new Josey principal will be ready.

"I just hope that oncoming kids that are coming in that are being transitioned be excited about it," she said. "That's the main thing and the good learning for our kids to keep it going."

Spivey couldn't confirm yet if tonight's recommendations are already employed by the school system but, if they are, there will be a domino effect and the process will restart to fill those positions.

A big position is still up in the air-- the job of superintendent. Spivey says the Richmond County School Board should be getting recommendations from the State Board of Education by June for interviews to begin. Right now, they plan to have someone hired by July.

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