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Curtis Black named new principal at Greenville Middle School

A familiar face in the Butler County School System will be taking the helm of Greenville Middle School. Curtis Black, who has served as assistant principal at Greenville High School, was named the new GMS principal at the special called meeting of the Butler County Board of Education held on Thursday.

Black, a native of Beatrice in Monroe County, is in his third year with the Butler County School System and eighth year in education.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” Black said. “But I am also thrilled and excited about this opportunity.”

Black, a former elementary school teacher, said his approach would be to see what is currently working at the school “and find out if there are things that need a bit of tweaking and work from there.”

The new GMS principal said he is looking forward to a “lot of collaboration” with faculty, staff and students.

“I want to get to know our faculty and staff and have us all work together for greater student achievement,” Black said.

He also expressed his appreciation for the support he has received over the past two years at GHS.

“The GHS faculty, staff and students have been great to work with. Like I said, it’s bittersweet to be leaving,” Black said.

Jai Hill, former GMS principal, has been moved to Greenville Elementary School, with former GES principal Dr. Tera Simmons now serving in the Central Office.

Other personnel changes approved at the meeting are as follows:

-Resignations: Abbigale Ballew, science teacher, McKenzie School; Melissa Teague, special education services aide, Greenville Elementary School

-Employment: Teresa Vialet, art teacher, W.O. Parmer Elementary School; Bridgett Cook, Elementary teacher, W.O. Parmer; Brandy Moseley, science teacher, McKenzie School; Arlene Steele (Perdue), instructional aide (ISSP), Greenville High; Edward Menefee, special education services teacher, Georgiana School; Olivia Stephens, English teacher, Georgiana School; Jackie Hamilton, special education services aide, GES (effective September 1, 2010) and Benny Snipe, transition job coach, system-wide.