Brad Boykin, currently an assistant principal at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, will be the school's new principal July 1, after unanimous approval Tuesday by the Bulloch County Board of Education.
Boykin has served the Bulloch County school district since 2014 and became a member of SEB Middle's administration in June 2017.
"I am excited for the opportunity to further work with the faculty, staff, parents, and students at Southeast Bulloch Middle School and build upon the meaningful relationships that I have already established as assistant principal," Boykin said.
This and his other comments here are from a press release issued Tuesday evening by Hayley Greene, the school system's public relations and marketing specialist.
Boykin will step into the principal's office being vacated by Dr. Torian White. SEBMS principal for the past five school years, White is leaving to become principal, also July 1, of South Effingham High School, where as a student he was valedictorian of his 1999 graduating class, in neighboring Effingham County.
"Through partnerships with our leadership team and community stakeholders, it is my goal to build on the tradition of excellence that has already been established by Dr. Torian White and his predecessor Donna Clifton," Boykin said.
The Bulloch County Schools' human resources department advertised the SEBMS principal job for applicants and led the selection process.
Of 16 candidates who began the online application process, six completed the required documentation and essay responses and satisfied the initial screening criteria. Three of the final six were local, internal candidates, and three were from outside the school system, Greene reported.
A screening committee reviewed the six applications with identifying information redacted and recommended three of the six to advance to face-to-face interviews with a panel of school system leaders, she said.
The panel then recommended two candidates to be interviewed by Superintendent Charles Wilson and the SEBMS School Council, which is made up of parents, faculty members and representatives of the business community.
Boykin was one of those two finalists, and Wilson recommended him to the Board of Education.
When the board met for three hours beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday for members' annual whole-board governance training, a closed session to discuss hiring recommendations was also on the agenda, at the end.
Returning to open session, the board approved both of Wilson's recommendations, which were to promote Boykin to lead SEB Middle School and to promote Krista Branch to be an assistant principal at Brooklet Elementary School, where she is currently a teacher.
District 4 board member April Newkirk made the motion, seconded by District 3 member Dr. Stuart Tedders, to accept the recommendations. The motion passed 7-0 with District 1 member Cheri Wagner not present.
Boykin's three college degrees are all from Georgia Southern University. He has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, a master's in instructional technology and a specialist degree in educational leadership.
He is now working on a doctorate in educational leadership, also at Georgia Southern, Greene reported.
Boykin began his career as an educator in August 2008 at Screven County Elementary School, where he remained six years teaching math, science and social studies in the fourth and fifth grades. He came to Bulloch County Schools in August 2014 as a fourth-grade math teacher at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. He also taught third grade there before accepting the assistant principal position at SEBMS in 2017.
During his time as a classroom teacher he served as a grade-level chair and was active in school improvement teams, school councils and school safety committees.
Boykin was accepted to the Bulloch County Schools' Aspiring Leaders program in its second cohort, which met from April 2016 to February 2017. He completed the program designed to prepare and support employees who aspire to future leadership roles within the school district.
As an assistant principal, Boykin led data analysis training for teachers to help them identify and better address the academic needs of students. He also dealt with student discipline, building and grounds, school safety and helped do faculty evaluations and work toward school improvement goals, Greene wrote.
"I am appreciative to Superintendent Charles Wilson and the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to carry on amazing work at Southeast Bulloch Middle School," Boykin said.