Administrative Positions Open in Jackson County Schools

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Marianna- Four Jackson County School administrator positions are up for grabs and school board members have been scrambling to fill the spots. "There's always anxiety when positions are altered in the county" said Dr. Terry Nichols, the District One Representative for the Jackson County School Board.

Board members held a special meeting Friday to discuss some of the potential candidates. But of all the schools with upcoming changes, Marianna High School will face the most. Their principal and assistant principal are both retiring.

"Today is retirement day and it's going to be a bitter sweet day" said Marianna High School Assistant Principal, Clarence Bellamy. He's been a Marianna Bulldog for 12 years and said that wasn't going to change. The school gave him lifetime tickets to every sporting event. Principal Mary Sue Neves is also retiring after three years at Marianna High.

Both Administrators agreed that technology had significantly changed the education field since the pair began their careers.
"Kids these days embrace it. I mean, you've got social networks and so forth and education has to compete with that" Bellamy told us. And to compensate, Neves said, "our teachers have to teach differently and use different strategies."

But teachers aren't the only ones who came up with new strategies. Nichols told us the school board also explored new options in selecting candidates for the open positions. "The desire of the board was to move some of these younger administrators into senior positions, and in some cases that's what we're doing" he said. Though some names names were discussed in the meeting, spots have not yet been officially claimed.

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  • by Anon Location: Marianna on Jun 1, 2012 at 09:50 PM
    According to the Jackson County Floridan, all positions have been filled, citing each person who will be in their new jobs next school term. The principal of MHS will be replaced with a teacher who has been retired for a few years. Why place someone who has retired into that position when they probably won't be there very long before retiring again? Seems like a waste of time in my opinion.
  • by MHS teacher Location: marianna on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    Neves and strategies in the same line??? Are you kidding me? The only strategies she has used are the ones that Ms. Pam Long has taught her; not to mention Ms. Long practically had to force Neves to use with us. We do greatly appreciate new strategies, but I do not think Neves deserves that credit. She has floated around many districts, many schools, and there is a reason for that. If she comes to your school, beware, she has a new face, thanks to the miracles of modern medicine.
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