10 new principals have been named in Cobb County schools. (AJC file photo)
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

10 new principals named at Cobb schools

When  Cobb County students return to class for the 2019-20 school year, they will be greeted with a slew of new faces tasked with leading their schools.

The Cobb County School Board at its April 24 meeting approved naming 10 new principals who will start their tenure on July 1.

The principals have a combined service of more than 200 years in education, the school district said. The new lead administrators are:

  • Dr. Patricia Alford, reassigned to principal at Dodgen Middle School from Durham Middle School.
  • Dr. Andrew Bristow, reassigned to principal at Durham Middle School from Kell High School. 
  • Jenny Douglas, reassignment to principal at Vaughan Elementary School from Pickett’s Mill Elementary School.
  • Dr. Peter Giles, reassigned to principal at Kell High School from Wheeler High School.
  • Paul Gillihan, reassigned to principal Wheeler High School from Griffin Middle School.
  • Dr. Loralee Hill, reassigned to principal at Griffin Middle School from Dodgen Middle School. 
  • Cissi Kale, appointed to principal at Due West Elementary School from Kennesaw Elementary School. 
  • Dr. Shannon McGill, reassigned to principal at Timber Ridge Elementary School from Vaughan Elementary School.
  • Dr. Benji Morrell, appointed to principal at Pickett’s Mill Elementary School from Bullard Elementary School. 
  • Nathan Stark, promoted from assistant principal to principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
  • Ladonna Starnes, retired as principal at Due West Elementary School.
  • Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit, retired as principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School. 
  • Jeffrey Castle, resigned as principal at Timber Ridge Elementary School, effective June 30. 

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