Superintendent candidate has unexplained transfer

Russell Brock

Even as members of the Brantley County Board of Education further discussed the three finalists in its search for a new superintendent, the Brantley Enterprise has learned that one of those candidates left a post as principal of a north Georgia middle school under mysterious circumstances.

According to the news blog the Loganville-Grayson Patch, Russell Brock was principal of Loganville Midde School until October when he requested to be moved to the maintenance department for “personal reasons.”

The Walton County Board of Education approved his request, but did not say why the transfer was requested or so hurriedly approved.

However, the board did say in a statement that “concerns involving the administration were brought to the school system’s attention.  The district looked into these concerns and, while they could not be substantiated, it was mutually agreed by both system and school administration that a change in administration was in the best interests of the school.”

In a statement issued earlier, the Walton County Public School System said the transfer was granted pending final approval of the school board.

“The district will be interviewing candidates for the position of principal in the near future and in the meantime assistant principal Karen Thompson will be in charge,” WCPS said.

“Loganville Middle School has a record of excellence and high academic achievement to be proud of. We appreciate the support of the community during this transition and look forward to another outstanding year at LMS.”

Loganville Middle School has an enrollment of about 1,100 students, with more than 90 percent meeting or exceeding standards on the CRCT in reading, language arts and writing in 2010. The school has high participation in the FFA and FBLA programs and performs well at the state level. Eight students qualified for the Duke Talent Search in 2010 and nine students medaled at the state Math-Fest competition, with several students ranking nationally. LMS was named a Distinguished Title 1 school for 2009/2010, and the LMS marching band has participated in several prestigious parades, including one in Disney World.

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