Kevin Porter

The Cherokee County Board of Education has named Kevin Porter as the new principal for Cedar Bluff School.

Mitchell Guice, superintendent, Cherokee County Schools, made the announcement during the Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting of the board.

Porter, who has served as assistant principal at Cedar Bluff School for the past seven and a half years, fills a vacancy left by Bobby Mintz who recently announced his retirement after 25 years of service with the Cherokee County School System.

Porter is a 1990 graduate of Jacksonville State University with a degree in education and he also earned his masters degree in administration from JSU in 1999.

Now in his 22nd year in education, Porter started out as a teachers aide at Spring Garden School where he worked for two years. He then taught out of field in Centre for a year, taught a half-day between Cedar Bluff School and Gaylesville School for a year. Prior to his service as assistant principal at Cedar Bluff School, he taught at Gaylesville School for 11 years.

Porter said he is looking forward to serving in his new position with an excellent staff to work with.

“I have a great faculty,” said Porter. “I feel like we have one of the best schools in the state, not just in the county. I feel like our teachers work very hard and we are very proud of what we do.”

One of his first orders of business will be finding an assistant principal.

“That is always a tough job,” said Porter. “You want to find somebody who compliments you, not necessarily someone just like you but someone who will be a little different from you. It is a tough job.

“I did it for eight years so I know it is a tough job. So I am looking forward to getting somebody in place and getting started.”

The secret to success in education, Porter said, is knowing your students and their parents.

“You have to work well with people, you have to know parents, you have to know kids,” said Porter.

“You have to be an all around person and you have to show a work ethic that is very strong and then lead by example.”

“I appreciate the support from Mr. Guice and the board on selecting me as being the principal,” said Porter. “I know I had some tough candidates and it was a tough decision for them and I thank them for having the confidence in me to let me be the principal.”

The board accepted the retirement of Kathy Wadsworth, lunchroom worker at Centre Elementary School, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

“I would like to recognize Mrs. Kathy Wadsworth who is retiring from the lunchroom at Centre Elementary School after a long career with us,” said Guice. “She is going on into retirement and we hope everything works out really well there for her.”

The board also accepted the resignation of Lynn Hunnicutt, contracted instructional paraprofessional at Gaylesville School-effective Jan. 1, 2014.

In other personnel action, the board:

-Approved the classified transfer by agreement of Anita Nation from physical education paraprofessional at Centre Middle School to JAG specialist at Cherokee County Career and Technology Center-effective Jan. 1, 2014.

-Approved postings for a lunchroom worker at Centre Elementary School, a physical education paraprofessional at Centre Middle School and an assistant principal at Cedar Bluff School.

-Approved a leave of absence for Ann Welsh, a teacher at Spring Garden School, who will be on maternity leave beginning approximately Feb. 20, 2014 through approximately April 3, 2014.