It came as a shock to Central High School employees to learn the school was getting a new principal.
In a surprising move, the Bibb County school board late Monday voted to transfer Erin Weaver, Central’s principal, into a new role serving the county’s pre-K teachers and classrooms.
The board hired Jeff Homan, an educator from Griffin, as the school’s new principal.
“None of us knew,” said Amy McFarling, a Central secretary who said she cried Tuesday morning when she heard the news from another faculty member. “(Erin) will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful principal who put her heart and soul into this school.”
Bibb County school board President Tom Hudson said the decision wasn’t a reflection of the school’s leadership and said Weaver hadn’t done anything wrong.
“It was a mutual agreement,” he said. “She’s valued and will continue to work for the school district, just in another capacity.”
School officials say Weaver will start her new position overseeing the Early Childhood Center’s programs and intervention July 9.
“Before coming to Bibb County, she trained teachers in early childhood education at the college level and she considers this her dream job,” Deputy Superintendent Sylvia McGee said.
Weaver had served as Central’s principal since fall 2004 and in the past couple of years helped prepare for the school’s reconstruction.
The old Central facility on Napier Avenue is nearly demolished and in its place stands a new $38.6 million Central that’s more than 90 percent complete. The new school is scheduled to open next month.
“At first glance, I could see where people would think she got (Central) ready and can’t enjoy it. It’s really bigger than that,” McGee said.
Weaver could not be reached for comment Tuesday but sent her faculty a note about her departure.
“This is a hard move for me,” Weaver said. “However, it’s a natural transition to turn over the keys of the new Central to a new principal ... and now it’s time to move on. And a promotion is a pretty sweet way to do it.”
Homan, 41, who comes to town with his wife, Brooke, and 5-year-old daughter, Moxley, said he drove around the Central building Tuesday and can’t wait to see the inside of the school.
He’ll start the new job in the coming days.
“A move is always challenging, but I opened an elementary school in Pike County a few years ago. This won’t be my first new school,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for students and staff. I’m very excited about the opportunity to be principal at Central High.”
Homan was previously a director of professional learning for the Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency.
He also served as director of curriculum and instruction for Thomaston-Upson County schools and was a former elementary principal and assistant principal at Pike County Elementary School.
He also served as athletics director for Pike County High School and was a head varsity basketball coach and assistant varsity football coach.
“He has a variety of experience that he can bring to the table,” Hudson said. “He has a lot to offer and will be a good fit for Central.”
Central serves about 1,100 students and offers a fine arts magnet and International Baccalaureate program.
To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.