Director of Schools Jubal Yennie announced Tuesday afternoon that he has appointed South Assistant Principal Brent Palmer the new principal of North.
Palmer will replace Richard Carroll, a 47-year educator with Sullivan County who was principal of North from 2001 until he retired a few weeks ago.
Palmer “brings an enthusiasm and a passion for learning, and students and faculty will have an immediate affinity for Mr. Palmer,” Yennie said in a news release from Lib Sells, supervisor of personnel for the system. “He will continue to build on the academic improvement that we have seen at Sullivan North for the past couple of years as well as continue the tradition of athletic performance.”
Palmer has worked in the county school system for the past nine years. He was band director at South for seven years and has been assistant principal of South the past two years.
Palmer said he “looks forward to working at Sullivan North High School” and is “excited about the opportunity to work with the good people of the Sullivan North community.”
The move comes as the county school board in the fall is set to consider a scenario in which North and South high schools would be merged in one building, with the other building to house a middle school for both high school zones.
Board of Education member Todd Broughton has proposed Yennie resign or be ousted as director, based on a petition of more than 200 Bloomingdale area residents. South zone supporter Angie Stanley is collecting signatures on a similar petition. Yennie’s contract will be considered at the Sept. 9 BOE meeting.
“I look forward to getting everything started” at North for 2013-14, Broughton said Tuesday evening. “Everybody that knows him (Palmer) seems to think a lot of him.”
The North-South merger scenario also would close Colonial Heights Middle and the middle school portion of Sullivan K-8, although Kingsport school officials recently indicated an interest in operating and “assuming control” of Colonial Heights.
Yennie announced last week that Wayne King, former assistant principal at North, would be the new principal of North Middle.
Pending appointments in the North zone include North Middle vice principal, to replace a non-tenured assistant principal let go for budget reasons, and vice principal at Ketron Elementary.
Yennie did not retain 42-year educator Sandra Ramsey as Ketron co-principal and is abolishing that position in favor of an assistant principal. Ramsey was most recently principal of Kingsley Elementary, which like all North zone elementary schools was closed when a newly renovated and expanded Ketron opened in the fall of 2012.
Appointments remaining in the South zone are an assistant principal at South to replace Palmer and an assistant principal for Sullivan K-8 to replace Darrell Moore, who was named Sullivan K-8 principal to replace the retiring Zada Church.
In the East High zone, Bluff City Elementary needs an assistant principal to fill a position that had been held on an interim basis.