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Principals named at four new schools
Veteran educators to switch campuses in ’09
Braswell WEB
Kathie Braswell
The Forsyth County school system has named principals for four of the five new schools it plans to open next fall.

Announced Friday, each of the four appointments is a veteran educator from within the system.

They include: Amy Davis at Haw Creek Elementary; Debbie Sarver at Lakeside Middle; Lynne Castleberry at Whitlow Elementary; and Kathie Braswell at Brookwood Elementary.

Each of the women currently serves as principal at another local school.

The board previously tapped Gary Davison to lead the fifth new school, Lambert High School.

Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Buster Evans congratulated the appointees.

“It is such an exciting opportunity to be involved in opening anew school and these experienced educators have the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges involved in this task,” he said.

Candy Norton, chief human resources officer for the school district, said the board likely will appoint successors at the schools the principals are leaving before the end of January.

A closer look at the principals:

• Davis comes to Haw Creek from Chestatee Elementary, where she has been principal since 2003. She previously served as assistant principal at Matt Elementary.

• Sarver heads to Lakeside from South Forsyth Middle, which she has led as principal since 2002. She served as principal of Midway Elementary from 2000-02 and as assistant principal at several schools before that.

• Castleberry, Whitlow’s appointee, is the current principal at Cumming Elementary, which she has headed since 2001. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Sawnee Primary and Sawnee Elementary schools.

• Braswell will move to Brookwood from Mashburn Elementary. She came to Mashburn in 2002 as assistant principal and was appointed principal in 2006.

Also Thursday night, the school board approved Heather Gordy, assistant principal at South Forsyth High School, for the same job at Lambert.

Evans described opening a new school as “an exciting opportunity.”

“And these experienced educators have the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges involved in this task,” he said. “I know they will all bring a true sense of community to each of our new schools while always working to bring the very best learning opportunities to our students.”

Evans said he looks forward to seeing the staff, community and culture of the schools grow.

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