The Gulf County School Board this week is likely to complete the filling of its administrative roster for the coming school year.
Whatever the decisions during Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. ET inside the board meeting room, each of the four public schools will begin 2014-2015 with a principal other than the one in place at the beginning of last school year.
Some changes have already occurred.
Jeremy Knapp, who took a leave of absence as principal at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School in March will not be back. His interim replacement, former principal Duane McFarland is likely to return as permanent principal.
Lori Price, principal at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, is leaving for the district offices, where retirements will bring change.
Jay Bidwell, who was interim principal at Wewahitchka Elementary School last year, is moving to the high school.
The elementary school principals are to be named Thursday as Port St. Joe Elementary School principal Sue Gannon has requested the opportunity to return to teaching.
In addition to losing George Cox, a fixture in Gulf County education for 50 years who is retiring from the School Board, the district also loses two of its longest-serving administrator.
Deborah Crosby, director of special education in the district and an educator for over 30 years, will be retiring in August. She is being replaced by Martha Weimorts.
Sara Joe Wooten, the assistant superintendent for instruction, is also retiring in August. She will be succeeded by Price.
The School Board approved naming two educational pods in honor of Cox and Crosby.
The business/vocational department at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School will be named for Cox.
The Bridges suite at Port St. Joe Elementary School will be named in honor of Crosby.
Ceremonies will follow later in the year.