Incoming Gainesville Superintendent Wanda Creel appeared before Gainesville Board of Education members Monday, detailing some of the strategic planning she’s been engaging in with school employees.
“We’ve been meeting for the last several days about our strategic plan,” Creel said, adding a finalized version of a plan for the next year is not in place, but she hopes to have one ready by the June 16 meeting.
“I learned a lot about what’s working,” she said about the conversations she’s had with other school officials.
“We also asked, ‘What can we look at that maybe we can improve upon in order to get the most effective strategic plan possible?’”
She said two elements people kept focusing on during discussions were technology and college and career readiness.
There was also the idea of providing some consistency among the schools, calling the system a “funnel” from the five elementary schools into the one middle school.
“Looking more to our vision statement of ‘One Gainesville’ might give us a little bit more consistency for our students and provide us an avenue,” she said. “How can we find some consistent pieces that all of our children from elementary school can have an easier way of flowing into our middle school and then our high school?”
Creel is replacing Superintendent Merrianne Dyer, who is retiring at the end of this month. She comes to Gainesville from her role as Barrow County superintendent, where she was since 2010.
Calhoun resident Wesley Roach has been announced as the new principal at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.
“My wife and I are very excited about coming and being a part of the Gainesville community,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Roach has been the principal of Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville since 2011. Before that, he was the principal of Calhoun Elementary School beginning in 2008.
Incoming Gainesville Superintendent Wanda Creel said the selection process included the school’s governance council.
“We had our governance council, made up of 12 members from parents to community members to teachers, that came and did a paper screen,” she said. “Looking at the resumes, layers of interests, those types of things.”
There were 18 resumes; the governance council chose four of those applicants to be interviewed. Roach was the governance council’s recommendation, Creel said.
“He brings principalship experience,” she added. “The administrative team at Enota is such a strong, strong team. (The governance council was) looking to create that strong team moving forward. Looking at the experiences that he brings and the administrative people that are there in place, they feel like this is the team that can help us continue to move Enota forward.”
Roach is replacing Matt Maynor, who Creel said is returning to his hometown to be close to family. The announcement was made during the Board of Education’s Monday evening work session.