Houston educator to head schools in Barrow

WARNER ROBINS — Houston County Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Wanda Creel will become the superintendent for Barrow County effective April 1, Creel said Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the team in Barrow County,” Creel said. “However, it is with mixed emotion that I leave my co-workers in Houston County.”

The Barrow County Board of Education unanimously approved Creel as their choice for superintendent Tuesday to replace retiring Ron Saunders, who has served as superintendent for 12 years, said Mark Still, chairman of the Barrow County board.

“We’re excited to have Wanda. We went through an exhaustive search process, and I think she’s going to help the school system the most,” Still said.

“We look forward to having her come in the system ... and hit the ground running.”

Creel will lead a school district of 12,500 students. One of the tasks she hopes to accomplish in her new role is to implement a systemic process to make sure all the schools in Barrow County achieve Adequate Yearly Progress.

“It’s a process from elementary to middle and high school,” Creel said. “We’re working on that process early on and finding strategies.”

Before taking the job in Houston County in April 2008, Creel served as the associate state superintendent of School Improvement Services for the Georgia Department of Education for a year, as well as the director for the Division of School Improvement for the Georgia Department of Education from 2005 to 2007.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.