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Tadmore, Sugar Hill principals chosen
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Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield has recommended Robin Gower to become the next principal at Tadmore Elementary School and for Beth Skarda to become the next principal at Sugar Hill Elementary School.

Pending approval by the Hall County Board of Education, both women will assume their new leadership posts July 1.

"It is encouraging that with over a hundred applicants for these positions, our internal candidates rose to the top," Schofield said in a system news release.

Gower, now serving as assistant principal at Flowery Branch Elementary, will succeed the retiring Joe Gonsalves.

Gower began her education career in 1991 as a teacher in the Buford City System. She also worked as a curriculum director for Buford City Schools and as program manager for professional learning in the curriculum and instruction division at the state Department of Education.

She spent two years as an assistant professor of education at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega. She joined Hall County schools in 2007.

Skarda, who has been assistant principal at Sugar Hill Elementary since 2005, will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of current Sugar Hill Principal Raymond Akridge.

Skarda graduated from East Hall High School and began her career in 1997 as a teacher and instructional coach at East Hall Middle School. In 2003, she became an assistant principal at West Hall Middle School.

The appointments fill all principal positions in Hall County schools for the 2009-10 school year.

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