Education news

Another round of moves in the administration of local schools saw the swap of two principals announced this past week.

The decision to move Shannon Hulsey, principal at Van Wert Elementary School to be the new head at Cedartown Middle School was announced to educators after students finished up the school year.

And it's a decision that has dozens of parents signing online petitions to stop it from happening.

Superintendent Greg Teems said that Hulsey will be filling the role of former principal Tamra Walker, who will now be the new principal at Van Wert Elementary.

He said the central office in the process of filling several positions across the county, and that further moves have not yet been discussed with the Board of Education for their ultimate approval.

"Right now we're looking at who is in what position, and what the best fit is for each school with each opening we have," Teems said.

The news came on the heels of the announcement that Principal Wesley Cupp was being moved from his role as the head of Rockmart High School to Eastside Elementary School.

Cupp is replacing Phil Wood, who resigned his position as principal at Eastside Elementary School. Teems said he had no information about where Wood was headed.

Van Wert Elementary Assistant Principal Jonathan Thomas is also potentially set to be moved from the school, but Teems said that move is still to be determined.

According to a Facebook post (see right) on Friday, it was Hulsey's and Thomas' last day at the school.

Van Wert Elementary is also losing it school nurse and its guidance counselor, according to teacher and parent Christina Garrett.

She's already begun efforts to organize to petition the move, and as of the Standard Journal's weekend deadline, some 76 people have signed on in agreement.

"I think it's too much change in one year to handle," said Garrett.

Plans were also being worked out to potentially protest the moves at the upcoming board work and community input session on Tuesday.