COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "I appreciate this opportunity and I look forward to moving Blackmon ahead."
Penny Bowman, the new Principal of Blackmon Road Middle School, is one of three new principals in the Muscogee County School District who was appointed tonight at the regular school board work session.
"I am so thankful and I'm honored for this. I look forward to continuously serving students with disabilities here in the district," explains La Christa McQueen.
With 14 years of education experience, McQueen was appointed the new director of the Woodall program and Shermaine Derrick will take over as the new principal at Eddy Middle School.
"I appreciate the opportunity and I will do my best to fulfill what you expect," says Derrick.
Derrick comes from Mooresville, North Carolina and looks forward to moving back to the Georgia area.
Derrick was approved for the position in an eight to one vote.
Board Member John Wells believes someone should have been appointed for the job internally.
"I just don't get the idea of bringing someone from outside the state when we have qualified people in town who I know handle the job," says Wells.
Muscogee County Superintendent, David Lewis, believes Derrick is the correct fit.
"I will use my best professional opinion to bring a recommendation for you that I feel like is going to be the best interest of the students serving that school and our district," explains Lewis
Members also approved $4 million in grants awarded by the state of Georgia.
This School Improvement Grant was awarded to Jordan Vocational High School, Spencer High School and Fox Elementary School.
Its purpose is to provide funds to schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to turn around persistently lower-achieving schools.