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Class notes: Gainesville and Hall schools will get new leadership
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Schools and central offices in both the city and the county systems will have some new faces in key leadership positions.

Hall County Schools will replace three principals for the upcoming school year.

David Robles will take the reins of Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development. Robles was formerly the assistant principal at C.W. Davis Middle School and has most recently served in the district technology office.

He replaces Suzanne Jarrard.

Vickie Tribble will be the new principal at East Hall Middle School. She is currently serving as the assistant principal there. She will replace Kevin Bales, who is moving to the central office.

Robert Wilson will start as principal of Lyman Hall Elementary in the fall. Wilson is currently the assistant principal at Flowery Branch Elementary School. He will replace Lois Myers.

“It is rewarding to see our own team members assume the leadership of local schools,” said Superintendent Will Schofield.

“We work hard to continually develop a culture of character, competency and innovation. 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.”

Gainesville City Schools also will see new leadership in some of its schools and district offices.

Priscilla Collins has been named as director of school improvement for the district. She was acting as principal of Gainesville Exploration Academy.

Renee Boatright will fill the principal position at Gainesville Exploration Academy. Boatright has served as its assistant principal for four years.

Lesa Hartley will move up to assistant principal from her current position of academic coordinator and gifted education teacher at the academy.

LaCrisia Larkin will continue her leadership duties as the acting principal of Gainesville High School. She taught for 22 years at Gainesville High before moving into a leadership role. She was appointed to her position in March after Chris Mance passed away from illness.

“The new positions are filled by outstanding leaders who have been a part of our internal leadership development process,” said Superintendent Merrianne Dyer. “The school level positions have been made possible by decentralizing the district office and distributing leadership to the school sites.”

The positions were approved by the boards this week.

Lee Johnson covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:,, @LeeJTimes

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