Dean to remain as principal in Georgiana

Published 5:49 pm Friday, June 11, 2010

It’s official: Joseph Dean will remain in Butler County as principal of Butler County Magnet School/Georgiana School.

With his resignation formerly rescinded at Thursday night’s BOE meeting, Dean, who was briefly employed as principal at Escambia County High, will be back in the city the Monroe County native has described as being “like home to me.”

Georgiana mayor Mike Middleton is all smiles over the news. “We’re so happy to be getting Mr. Dean back here,” he said this week.

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BCSS superintendent Darren Douthitt said he is also looking forward to having Dean return to the fold.

“I don’t know that I could have found another person of his stature to fill that particular position,” Douthitt said Friday.

“I hope the community lets him get these recent events behind him so he can more effectively get the job done.”

Douthitt said he had fielded several “very positive” phone calls concerning Dean’s possible return to the south Butler County principalship.

Dean, whose most recent tenure in Butler County was as interim superintendent after Dr. Mike Looney’s departure, had worked at Escambia County High slightly less than two weeks when he resigned the position Monday.

He said it was a mutual agreement with the Escambia County superintendent Dean was not a “good fit” for that system.

The following items were approved by the Butler County Board of Education at the June 10 regular board meeting:

1. Contract Length Adjustment for Rachel Burleson, math teacher at Butler County Magnet School. Salary to be adjusted from 11 months to 9 months (formerly 1/2 math teachers and 1/2 assistant principal. Assistant principal contract was not renewed on May 20, 2010).

2. Employment for Dr. Kathy Murphy as principal of Greenville Middle School (administrative assistant contract non-renewed May 20, 2010)

3.Transfers for Jennifer Burt, Joseph West, Shay Vickery, Karen Owens as follows:

-Burt, transfer to assistant principal (11-month contract) Butler County Magnet School (administrative assistant contract non-renewed 5/20/10)

-West, transfer from career tech administrator at Central Office to career tech administrator/child nutrition program director, Central Office (voluntary transfer).

-Vickery, transfer from elementary teacher, McKenzie School to elementary school, BCMS (voluntary transfer)

Owens, transfer from instructional aide, Greenville Elementary to elementary teacher, Greenville Middle School (voluntary transfer)

4. Retirement, Angeline Taylor, CNP worker, W.O. Parmer Elementary School – effective August 1, 2010 (15 years of service)

5. Resignation rescinded for Joseph Dean, principal, Butler County Magnet School. Dean submitted his resignation but that resignation has been rescinded.