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Comprehensive high school to get new principal and assistant
School system is still developing its budget for next fiscal year
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Jackson County Comprehensive High School will have new leadership next year after the school board approved the departure of the top two officials on Thursday.

Superintendent Sharon Adams recommended principal Todd McGhee not be retained next year. The school's assistant principal, Bruce Yates, who was working part time, has said he will resign.

Yates, who had previously retired, had returned to work under state law that says educators who retire from the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia can return to work in a school system provided they work for more than 49 percent of full-time pay.

The reorganization plans for the high school are not yet complete, Adams said. JCCHS currently has three other assistant principals, Joe Lancaster, Kendra Phillips and Laura Ruffin.

On Monday, the school board met in executive session on personnel matters for more than two hours after its work session.

Among the other personnel changes approved on the consent agenda is the transfer of Teresa Strickland to serve as assistant principal for instruction at West Jackson Intermediate School. She is currently serving that capacity at West Jackson Primary.

The school system is still developing its budget for the next fiscal year.

"Until we get some word from the state on what we can expect in terms of state funding, a real attempt at a meaningful budget is just about impossible," said Adams as the legislative session was winding down this week.

"There seems to have been some positive signs - no austerity reductions, for example."

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