TU BOE Moves Forward With Superintendent Search

The Thomaston-Upson Board of Education continues to work on selecting a new superintendent of schools. Planning for the search began in December, as Dr. Maggie Shook is retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. The Board asked King-Cooper and Associates, a superintendent search firm, to serve as consultants for the search. The position was advertised with an application deadline of February 2, 2018, and information about the search and the application process was available on the school system website. The Board also conducted an online survey that was completed by over 460 community members and school district staff.

On Monday, February 19, the Board will review applications and begin planning the interview process. The first round of interviews will begin in early March and continue for several weeks. The Board will select a small number of candidates for a second round of interviews.

The Board received thirty-seven applicants for the position. Twenty-six have a doctorate, and all met the requirement of having a minimum of the six-year leadership certificate. Nine of the applicants are superintendents or have superintendent experience. Also in the applicant pool are twelve assistant superintendents or system directors, twelve principals, and four individuals in other education-related positions. Twenty-eight of the applicants are from Georgia school systems.

Board Chairperson Mr. Keith Rohling stated, “We are very pleased with the number of applicants. This is a critical decision, and the Board is committed to selecting another excellent leader for our school system.”

Welcome to Thomaston-Upson Schools

In 1990, the community voted to consolidate the Thomaston City and Upson County School Systems creating one system that would serve all students within Thomaston and Upson County. The Thomaston-Upson School System opened its doors at the beginning of the 1992-1993 school year. With a little more than 4,100 students in grades PK-12, the Thomaston-Upson School System is small enough to maintain a friendly and safe environment while offering students an array of resources and opportunities often found in only the larger school systems. The Thomaston-Upson School System enjoys a strong connection with the community and views this as crucial to the long-term success of our schools. We encourage students to form bonds with local individuals and groups through community service and community involvement. Our employees are active in local civic organizations and volunteer their time for community events. The unity of school and community enriches our students’ and employees’ lives, improves our schools’ environments, and ultimately creates a community where young people can thrive. Together, our schools and community are working to fulfill the mission of Thomaston-Upson Schools, which is Excellence in education. . .every individual, every day.

Survey for GA Families Raising a Student with a Disability

In order for all students to graduate prepared to achieve a lifetime of success, families need to be an important part of the school team. It is critical that the GaDOE assist local school systems in partnering with families to raise the achievement rate for students with disabilities. The GaDOE is surveying parents of students with disabilities throughout Georgia. Based on state survey results, the GaDOE Division of Special Education will work collaboratively with Parent to Parent of Georgia to identify needs in family involvement within the state and local districts. Please complete the online survey to let your voice be heard. The survey is confidential and available in English and Spanish. Click here to be directed to the survey.