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Bevels, Vaughn recognized at Floyd BOE meeting

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“Who would ever think someone from Booger Hollow would have something named after them,” laughed longtime Floyd County Board of Education member George Bevels in response to the auditorium at Cave Spring Elementary being named in honor of him.

The former board member recalled for the audience gathered in the boardroom during Tuesday night’s meeting what he had told his brother after hearing of the renaming. The board approved the naming request and presented Bevels, who served for 28 years, with a plaque, along with reading a resolution noting his “tireless and dedicated service to the school children of Floyd County.”

“All I ever wanted to do was to make the best decisions for the school system that I could have,” Bevels said from the lectern, adding he will always serve the system in any way he can.

Also honored during the meeting was J.L. Vaughn, a former principal at Johnson Elementary, as part of the system’s Black History Month recognition. Superintendent John Jackson said focus during this month can often center on national figures, but “there are local heroes … that deserve much attention.”

In reading from a resolution, Jackson noted that Vaughn was the first black assistant principal and principal in the integrated Floyd County school system.

After the two recognitions, board members approved personnel changes, which included filling three principal vacancies.

Shelly Bell has decided to come out of retirement to become the full-time principal for Cave Spring Elementary — she has served as interim principal since Trina Self retired in December. Additionally, Tanya Welchel will also become principal at Johnson Elementary after serving in an interim role following former principal LaDonna Turrentine moving over to Coosa High. And Glenwood Primary’s next principal will be Carrie Graves, the current assistant principal, who will replace Jill Sheppard, who is retiring later this year.

Also included in the personnel changes is the naming of two new head football coaches. Jeremy Green will be the coach for Armuchee High and Richard Ross will be the coach for Model High. Green is the current defensive coordinator for Cass High in Cartersville, and Ross is the current defensive coordinator at Sonoraville High.

These five personnel changes will take effect July 1.