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2 schools get new principals
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Todd Williford will move to Mattie Lively Elementary. - photo by Special to the Herald

    Two Bulloch County schools will have new principals next year.
    During a meeting Thursday, the Bulloch County Board of Education approved Todd Williford as the new principal of Mattie Lively Elementary. He will replace Jennifer Quick, who announced her desire to return to the classroom in the coming year.
    Julie Mizell will replace Williford at Sallie Zetterower Elementary.
     These administrators will begin work in their new posts July 1, which is the beginning of the school system’s 2013-14 fiscal year.
    Williford, a 20-year veteran of Bulloch County Schools, served as the principal of Sallie Z. for 12 years.
    There were 14 applicants for the Mattie Lively position, and central office administrators interviewed six. Though Williford was not an applicant for the position, Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson, in reviewing skill sets and needs at each of the district’s 15 schools, felt Williford was the best fit for this leadership role. 
    Mizell, an assistant principal at Statesboro High School, will be promoted to principal to fill the Sallie Z. position. Mizell, a former high school business education teacher and media specialist, has served as an assistant principal since 2005. 
    Other administrative assignments for the 2013-14 school year that Wilson approved include the following:
    - Langston Chapel Elementary Assistant Principal Tanita Peak will replace Mizell at SHS. Peak, a former fourth-grade elementary school teacher from Brooklet Elementary, was the school system’s 2010 Teacher of the Year and was a top-10 state finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She has served as Langston Chapel Elementary’s assistant principal for two years.
    - Justin Chester, an assistant principal for both Nevils and Stilson Elementary schools, will replace Peak at Langston Chapel Elementary.
    - Portal Middle High Assistant Principal Stephen Hoyle will transfer to fill Chester’s assistant principal role.
    - Penny Freeman, a director of teaching and learning at the central office, will assume a leadership role at Portal Middle High as its assistant principal.

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