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Cox, Moore fill Hall County School District roles
Jamey Moore

Jamey Moore was officially approved Thursday morning as North Hall High School’s next principal, and Matt Cox will join the Hall County School District’s facilities department.

The personnel changes were voted on during a called meeting of the school board, with members Brian Sloan and Bill Thompson absent.

Cox has prior experience with the Hall system, providing assistance on projects such as the North Hall High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics department, Jones Elementary School renovations and East Hall High’s kitchen replacement.

Most recently he’s been the senior project manager with The Preston Partnership LLC in Atlanta. Before that, he was the principal/project manager with Gainesville’s Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung architectural firm for 11 years.

“Matt is a commercial architect of 25 years,” Superintendent Will Schofield said. “He actually grew up in Hall County.”
Cox graduated from North Hall High School.

“I think that the school system’s very innovative in their approach to education,” he said. “I’m just excited to be a part of that, and I’m appreciative to the board.”

Though Cox’s specific title has not been determined, he is ostensibly replacing Executive Director of Facilities Damon Gibbs, who has been named Dawson County Schools superintendent. According to Schofield, Cox’s annual salary will be set at $92,500.

“We’re very fortunate to have a man of Matt’s character in a position to come on board in a time when Damon is going next door to pursue other opportunities,” Schofield said. “He has a tremendous background. Also with the architectural/commercial stamp and 15 years of school experience, we’ll have the opportunity to really save some money in some areas in terms of some of our big projects and in some of our little projects. We won’t even have to hire architectural services.”

Moore’s start date and salary have not been determined. He’s the current director of curriculum and instruction with Gainesville City Schools and is replacing Joe Gheesling when he retires at the end of the school year.

“I am just over the moon to have this opportunity,” Moore said. “I think it is an amazing opportunity for my family. We are excited to be a part of that community.”

“We’ve heard from a lot of folks ... how lucky we are to have you,” board Chairman Nath Morris said to Moore. “So welcome, and we look forward to a long, good relationship with you and the Hall County schools.”

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