The Emanuel County Board of Education held a called meeting to discuss personnel matters in an executive session on Wednesday, May 2. The meeting ultimately resulted in two promotions. Dr. Denise Warnock, formerly principal of Swainsboro High School, will now serve as Assistant Superintendent of Emanuel County Schools while Ron Hirst, formerly assistant principal and athletic director of Swainsboro High, will now be principal of Swainsboro Primary School.
The assistant superintendent position was left vacant due to the retirement of Toni Terwilliger, effective June 30 while the SPS principal job was left vacant due to the retirement of Maribeth Clark, effective July 1.
The Chronicle looked to Dr. Warnock and Hirst for comment about their respective promotions. Hirst could not be reached. However, Dr. Warnock provided the following: “I am humbled, honored, and excited to serve as the next assistant superintendent for Emanuel County Schools. Experience has taught me that every student can experience growth through personalized instruction under the guidance of a teacher who has faith in that student’s success. As an educational leader, it has always been my duty to provide support to our teachers. In my new role, I look forward to working with Superintendent [Scotty] Hattaway and our Central Office staff to provide support to our district school leaders and teachers so that together we can grow our students and help them be successful in school and in life.”
There was no other action at last week’s meeting. As of Friday, June 4, the vacant positions at Swainsboro High School had yet to be filled. The BOE met last night, June 8, but due to press deadlines, any action taken during that meeting was unable to be published in this June 9 edition of The Crossroads. Look for information in next week’s edition.