Positions for principals at one high school and two middle schools in Forsyth County were filled this week after they were left open by transfers to other schools and retirements.
Karl Mercer, current director of accountability for the district’s central administration, will be the next principal at West Forsyth High School, according to personnel appointments approved in a Board of Education executive session Tuesday.
“We are excited to have dedicated, veteran leaders in our district step into these three principalships,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said.
Mercer’s career in education began as a math teacher in Walton and Clarke counties after he graduated from the University of Georgia, according to Cindy Salloum, associate superintendent of human resources and legal services for the district.
“He came to our district in 2002 as a math teacher and administrative assistant,” Salloum said. “After a brief stint in the private sector, he returned to work in Fulton County before coming home to Forsyth.”
Mercer has also served as an assistant principal at Forsyth Central High School for three years, assessment coordinator for the district for two years.
He will follow in the footsteps of Heather Gordy, who is transferring from West to Denmark High School, which is set to open in fall 2018.
Pam Bibik, assistant principal at Lambert High School, will make the move to Riverwatch Middle School to fill the principal position left open when Kathy Carpenter was appointed to the district’s technology department.
“After teaching for eight years in Florida, Pam first came to our district in 2006 as a social studies teacher at South Forsyth High School,” Salloum said. “During the next 10 years, Pam distinguished herself in a variety of roles, including department chair, graduation coach [and] administrative assistant.”
Another assistant principal was promoted in the meeting.
Lakeside Middle School’s Scott Feldkamp will transfer to Vickery Creek Middle School to fill the position vacated by Drew Hays’ move to the district’s Academies of Creative Education.
Feldkamp spent his first 14 years in education in Florida and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years.
“He has held a wide variety of educational roles, which included stints as a first grade paraprofessional, elementary school teacher, middle grades science teacher and two years as director of middle and high summer school,” Salloum said.
He has been an assistant principal with the district since 2002 at Otwell Middle and Sharon Elementary schools before moving to Lakeside.
Bearden said the three will work with the current principals at each school this “spring and summer” to ensure a successful transition for the new school year.”