published Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hamilton County Schools announces principal assignments for 2014-15

The Hamilton County Department of Education
The Hamilton County Department of Education
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Seven of Hamilton County's 75 schools will be under new leadership in the fall. Superintendent Rick Smith announced the following principal assignments on Tuesday:

• Emily Baker will become principal at Brown Academy. Baker, who has been with the school system since 1986, retired as principal of East Side Elementary in 2013 and is now the assistant principal at Brown. Current Brown Academy Principal Jennifer Spates will become an assistant principal at Loftis Middle.

• Shannon Braziel, the current assistant principal at Nolan Elementary, will become principal at Hardy Elementary. She has been with the school system since 2003. Current Hardy Principal Anetta Ferguson is retiring.

• Norma Faerber, current principal at McConnell Elementary, will become principal at Alpine Crest Elementary. She has been with the school system since 1997. Current Alpine Crest Principal Randy Bell will become an assistant principal at Allen Elementary.

• Phil Iannorone, current assistant principal at East Lake Academy, will become principal at Spring Creek Elementary. He has been with the school system since 2004. Current Spring Creek Principal Paula Bergner is retiring.

• Ruth Pohlman, now the director of secondary education and K-12 assessment at Jefferson County Schools, will become principal of McConnell Elementary. She has been with Jefferson County Schools since 1996.

• Julius Hargrove, current assistant principal at Tyner Academy, will become principal there. He has been with the school system since 1984. Current Principal Carol Goss is retiring.

• Susan Kennedy, a retired local administrator, will become the interim principal at Normal Park Museum Magnet. Longtime Principal Jill Levine is taking a one-year sabbatical to work as a principal resident at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.

Smith said fewer schools will see administrative changes than in year's past. Last year, he announced moves of a dozen administrators.

"I think it's a situation where things have stabilized a lot for us, which is a benefit," he said. "The more continuity the better."

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