Houston school board approves Scott as next superintendent

alopez@macon.comApril 8, 2014 

PERRY -- Mark Scott was officially selected Tuesday as the next superintendent of Houston County schools.

“There is no doubt in my mind that your experience, your deep knowledge, your unwavering dedication and your unquestionable character will bring further stability, integrity and academic growth in our district,” said board member Helen Hughes, congratulating Scott.

Board Vice Chairman Fred Wilson was in New Orleans attending a conference on behalf of the board. The five members in attendance signed the negotiated three-year contract with Scott, who was the lone finalist for the position. His initial annual salary was set at $187,000.

Scott’s wife, mother, son, niece, in-laws and older brother, a special education teacher in Clayton County, cheered after the board voted 5-0 to approve his contract. The eyes of his wife, Tina, welled up with tears.

“It makes me proud of him,” she said after the meeting. “I think it’s great for other people to benefit from his knowledge. He is a very smart person, and he has a big heart, and I think that he will always do what’s best for the children and the students of this county.”

The current assistant superintendent for human resources, Scott will replace Robin Hines, who is retiring. Scott’s first day as superintendent will be June 1.

“They picked the right guy,” Hines said.

Three new principals approved

Also Tuesday, the school board approved recommendations from Hines for several personnel appointments.

Andrew Payne will leave his assistant principal position at Kings Chapel Elementary School and become principal at David Perdue Elementary School. William Ray, assistant principal at Houston County High School, will become principal at Kings Chapel Elementary. And Elizabeth Johnson will move from assistant principal to principal at Miller Elementary School.

The board also approved the purchase of 12 school buses from Blue Bird Corp. for $1.4 million. It also approved an agreement with Parrish Construction Group Inc. for kitchen renovations and additions to Miller Elementary. The maximum price of the work, including a $40,464 construction manager’s fee for Parrish, is $899,200, according to the approved agreement.

Month of the Military Child

Hines and Col. Christopher Hill, installation commander at Robins Air Force Base, signed a proclamation recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child.

Houston County schools have more than 10,000 students who have parents affiliated with the military, including 2,500 students with an active-duty parent.

On April 15, the district will participate in “purple up day” as a show of support for military children. In addition, Georgia Operation Military Kids is providing dog tags for military children, said board Chairwoman Marianne Melnick.

Hill thanked Hines and the board for the support on behalf of the men and women under his command.

“I have the privilege of standing up here and representing almost 8,000 military members who work at Robins Air Force Base and the 23,000 people who show up to work there every day, to say thank you for the great school system that we have here,” Hill said. “We truly appreciate this partnership.”

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.

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