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New principals hired at PHS, JMS


     Dr. Chris LeMieux and Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry.

By Eileen Steinhauer

Progress contributor

     At this morning’s called board of education meeting it was announced that Dr. Chris LeMieux - current Principal of Pickens County Middle School - will be the next principal of Pickens High

School, and Shane Purdy - current Assistant Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools - will be the next principal of Jasper Middle School. 

     These decisions come after the retirement of former PHS Principal Eddie McDonald and resignation of former JMS Principal Neil Howell in early April.

     LeMieux, who has a Doctorate degree in Education, has been the principal at PCMS since 2001. Prior to his work at PCMS he taught social studies for 10 years and was the assistant principal at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, Ga. for three years.

     Purdy, who has a specialist degree in educational leadership, has been the assistant superintendent of Lincoln County Schools for one year.  Prior to his current position he taught English for nine years at Lumpkin County High School and was the assistant principal and principal at Rabun County Middle School in Tiger, Ga. for five years.

     The school board did not announce who will replace Dr. LeMieux at PCMS.

     See next week’s Progress for more information regarding these new hires as well as comments from the school board and superintendent. 






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