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3 Hall schools under new guidance this year
New principals step into leadership roles as school starts Friday
Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development Principal David Robles prepares for the upcoming school year.

Coming Thursday

Gainesville City Schools’ new principals

Three Hall County schools will have new, yet familiar, faces in the principal’s office at the start of the school year.

Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development, East Hall Middle School and Lyman Hall Elementary will all have new leadership come the start of classes Friday.

But, students and parents are not likely to see a dramatic, immediate change in the way school days flow.

David Robles, new principal at Chestatee Academy, has been with the Hall County School System for about 15 years.

He began as a special needs teacher at East Hall Middle in 1997 then moved to C.W. Davis Middle School where he eventually moved up to assistant principal.

In 2008, he went to work in the central office, but “always knew that (he’d) find (his) way back to a school.”

“I hope to make Chestatee Academy my new home for many years,” he said.

Robles said “service leadership” is his leadership style and he will rely on the teachers’ skills to move the school forward.

“I believe that the teachers we have in the classroom are the professionals,” said Robles. “They are the content experts. It is my role to honor their time and talents.”

Robles takes over for Suzanne Jarrard and said he doesn’t plan to change anything immediately.

“I believe in the old saying: ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’” he said. “However, I also believe that there is always room to do things more effectively and efficiently. I will fill my first year at Chestatee Academy walking softly, observing, listening and building relationships with students, parents, teachers and the Chestatee community.”

Lyman Hall’s new principal, Robert Wilson, also said he doesn’t see the need for immediate change in his new school.

“Lois Myers (the former principal) did an excellent job while she was here,” said Wilson. “So we’re not looking to make big changes.”

Wilson, who came to Hall County two years ago from College Park, has been in an education role both at the school and state level for more than 15 years.

Over that time he said he’s seen what effective leadership is and can be.

“I’m big on the relationships among adults in this building and also between the adults and the kids,” said Wilson.

“No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. So, I’m real big on teachers establishing relationships with their kids because they are the single most important thing.”

One change he will make is by implementing the “big three” — a mantra he’s brought with him.

The “big three” ideals, he said, are to “maximize your potential, treat others with respect and make wise choices.”

“Everything we do will be among those three pillars,” said Wilson.

The only other Hall County school that will have a new captain at the helm is East Hall Middle.

Vickie Tribble, who held the assistant principal position at the middle school before earning the promotion, said “rigor and relevance” is the cornerstone for the upcoming year.

“Rigor and relevance, along with continual awareness of student competencies in all content areas, will shape the agenda for our current 2012-13 school year,” Tribble said.

Tribble has been at East Hall Middle for seven years and said the school’s technological infrastructure provides students “appropriate, relevant and progressive opportunities.”

“For seven years and now in my new role, I have been fortunate to be a part of an exceptional learning community in which the faculty and staff of East Hall Middle School strive to prepare its students for the demands of our 21st century society,” said Tribble.

System Superintendent Will Schofield said it was “rewarding to see our own team members assume the leadership of local schools,” as all three principals were hired internally.

“We work hard to continually develop a culture of character, competency and innovation,” said Schofield. “The times we live, and the families we serve, demand bold leaders who are willing to test the status quo. These individuals will do just that.”