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New superintendent named for Habersham schools
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CLARKESVILLE — A Hart County school administrator has been named superintendent of the Habersham County school system.

The Habersham County Board of Education voted Monday night to name Robert Costley to the post, replacing Judy Forbes, who retires June 30.

Over the next several weeks, the board will "develop the exact terms" of his employment, but it’s expected he will begin as superintendent on July 1, school officials said.

Costley, assistant superintendent of the Hart County school system, said he is "excited about the opportunity to serve the students and community of Habersham County."

"Anywhere you find an excellent school system, you will find a community (that) feels welcome to participate and partner with schools," he said. "To build trust and commitment from the community, I’ve got to get out and meet people, listen to their ideas and build some relationships."

He will be paid an annual salary of $120,000.

A press release issued by board Chairman Gilbert Barrett said that the board plans for Costley to keep in touch with Forbes and other system leaders to ensure "a smooth transition of leadership."

"The board will also be discussing specific goals with the new superintendent prior to assuming office in July," according to the statement.

Costley, who was chosen from among 35 applicants, began his job in Hart in 2007.

Since 1998, he also has served as principal of Rome Middle School, assistant principal of Carrollton Junior High School and an English teacher at Central High School in the Carroll County school system.

Costley also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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