|New Principals in Birmingham City Schools|
|Local News Headlines|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 13:56|
Four schools in the Birmingham City School System have new principals for the 2012-2013 school year. The principals were named at the July 24 Board of Education meeting.
Ramsay High School’s new principal is Dr. Evelyn Nettles, who was principal of Green Acres Middle School. Nettles spent much of the day Wednesday in her new office, beginning the tasks that lie ahead.
“We are going to be working to strengthen our curriculum and really kick off our IB program,” she said. Ramsay is in the candidacy stage for the International Baccalaureate Program.
The incoming freshman class will be in IB classes. “The curriculum will be more rigorous,” Nettles said.
The school also will be focusing on increasing ACT scores, and all juniors and seniors will be taking Advanced Placement classes in their core subjects.
Students also have a new varsity football program to look forward to, and construction is winding up on the school’s new fine arts wing and renovations.
Nettles has been with the district for 17 years, spending two years as an assistant principal at Ensley High School, eight years as principal at Ensley and seven years as Green Acres principal.
Denise Mitchell, who was named principal of the new Hayes K-8 School, has more than a little construction to deal with. The new building – which will house students from Whatley K-8 School and Gibson Elementary School – is not fully complete.
“We’re going to hit the ground running … and do what we need to do to be ready,” she said. “I am excited and ready for the challenge.”
Mitchell said it may be two weeks before she and her staff are able to move into the new building, which could mean that registration has to be held at another site. She said she will run the obstacle course to have everything prepared for the approximately 850 children who are expected to enroll.
Mitchell has been employed by the district for 21 years, spending the last seven months as assistant principal at Woodlawn High School. She was an assistant principal at Wenonah High School and Jones Valley Middle School and also served as interim principal at Jones Valley.
Brenda Dial, the new principal at Putnam Middle School, will be moving from Phillips Academy, where she has been assistant principal since the school opened five years ago. She has been with the district 25 years and was an assistant principal at Washington K-8 School for two years.
“We will be focusing on learning and ensuring that students are in an environment where they can grow,” she said. “I am just excited about the possibilities.”
Dial’s personal motto explains her philosophy and goals: Making things happen for kids – one kid at a time.
Etheldia Reynolds was at a Professional Learning Communities conference when she learned she had been named as the new principal at Green Acres.
Because she was so excited about her new position, she thought about leaving the conference to begin her job at Green Acres. She decided the conference was too important. “I definitely want to make sure it (PLC work) is effective and authentic,” she said.
Reynolds’ first job in the district was as an English teacher at Huffman High School in 1998. She was a lead teacher there and then an assistant principal. She then served as interim principal and was assigned to be assistant principal at Martha Gaskins Middle School four years ago. She spent the last semester as acting principal at Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School.
She has a lot of work to do before school starts Aug. 20. “We’ll be making sure staffing is in place and the schedule is firm,” she said. “We will be ready for the students.”