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Justus approved as West Hall High principal

POSTED: April 15, 2014 11:33 a.m.

West Hall Principal Scott Justus communicates with staff as students race to their busses.

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Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal’s job at West Hall High School.

His name was called again Monday night, but this time with even better news.

The Hall County Board of Education voted unanimously to name Justus principal, elevating the 42-year-old educator from interim principal.

“I don’t think words can describe how excited I am,” he said, speaking by phone Tuesday from the school at 5500 McEver Road. “I am looking forward to the opportunity. I am very humbled, because I know the responsibility that comes with this (job) and I don’t take it lightly.”

Justus had served as interim principal since November, replacing Greg Williams, who retired.

A 1990 graduate of North Hall High School, Justus began his career in education in 1996 as a teacher and coach at North Hall. He later accepted a position at Chestatee High School when it opened in 2002. He served as head baseball coach and physical education instructor.

In 2006, Justus entered school administration as an assistant principal at West Hall. He had several roles during that time — the latest as athletic director — and he had always overseen facilities at the school.

Before becoming an administrator, “I really thought I’d be coaching a little longer than I did,” he said.

But that all changed with a phone call from Williams while he was at Chestatee.

“He just told me I need to interview (for assistant principal) and I had an opportunity,” Justus said. “It was a (career) goal, but it happened a lot sooner than I expected.”

He said he was “honored beyond measure” to take over reins at West Hall.

“I feel like it’s a great place to be. It’s a great school,” he said. “Being a principal doesn’t just mean managing day-to-day operations. It’s the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our young people. I and my family are extremely blessed.”

Justus and his wife, Dawn, have two children.

He also said he appreciated the outpouring of support since the promotion.

“Sometimes, it’s a thankless job, but when you get the opportunity to be thanked, it makes you take a step back and look outside yourself a little bit,” Justus said. “That’s why I say this place has been a home away from home for me.”


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