May 16, 2013

Dalton schools promote Phinney, Ward

From Staff Reports

— Two Dalton Public Schools employees are getting promotions.

Morris Innovative High School Principal Jennifer Phinney will become director of school support for the school system while Dalton High School athletic director and assistant principal Ron Ward will move to associate principal, the second in command at Dalton High under Steve Bartoo, who will become principal on July 1. Phinney and Ward will also begin their new jobs July 1.

Bartoo is currently the associate principal. He was named principal in March to replace Debbie Freeman, who is retiring.

Phinney’s new position was created to help fill a vacancy left by former assistant superintendent Rhonda Hayes, who is now superintendent of Crisp County Schools.

School system spokeswoman Pat Holloway said Superintendent Jim Hawkins made the appointments, which are expected to be approved by Board of Education members at their next meeting. Neither Ward nor Phinney could immediately be reached for comment.

Phinney has been principal at Morris for three years, overseeing the school’s move from Morris Street to the former Fort Hill campus. She was previously an English and language arts teacher at Dalton High and was promoted to coordinate the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs. She has worked in education for 22 years.

Ward has worked in administration for the past 12 years in the school system. He was principal of Morris when it opened. Before coming to education, he worked several years in social services.

Phinney will take on some of Hayes’ responsibilities, working in the areas of content and engagement with primary responsibilities in secondary curriculum. She’ll also help lead the College and Career Readiness Team for the district.

Hawkins said in a press release he expects to post the Morris principal position and Dalton High athletic director/assistant principal position immediately for hiring of those positions within the next month.