New Principal at Johnson, several Floyd County School System projects progressing

Monday, June 12, 2023–7:24 p.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

Tanya Welchel

The Floyd County Board of Education has approved some personnel changes that will mean changes to the administration at Johnson Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

The current principal, Tanya Welchel, has been named director of leadership development and instructional support at the central office.

April Cummings was named as Welchel’s replacement.

Cummings has 21 years of experience in education and is a graduate of Armuchee High School.

She has been an administrator at Johnson since 2017, serving as the Assistant Principal.

April Cummings

During Cummings’ administration at Johnson, the school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020, received multiple recognitions as a Distinguished PBIS school, and earned an “A” school rating for CCRPI.

“Mrs. Cummings brings multiple experiences to the principalship from both education and business,” said Superintendent Glenn White. “Not only is she a graduate of the Floyd County School System but she has spent her entire educational career with FCS as well. Her collaborations as an administrator of Johnson have contributed to the school’s high performance. We look forward to her continued leadership in her new role as Principal of Johnson Elementary School”.

Her former job will be filled by Jesi Brooks.

Jessi Brooks

Brooks is a graduate of Model High School and Floyd County Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Shorter University, as well as a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of West Georgia.

Her career in education began in 2017, serving fourth and fifth-grade students in the classroom at both JES and West End Elementary. She has also served as the gifted education teacher at Johnson since 2022.

During Mrs. Brooks’ time at Johnson, she has been recognized for her fourth-grade students’ outstanding achievement on the 2022 Georgia Milestones.

School board gets update on fieldhouses at Armuchee and Coosa

The Floyd County Board of Education has voted to go with James W. Buckley and Associates as the architects for the new field houses at Coosa High and Armuchee High.

John Worsham, executive director of facilities gave an update on the projects during Monday’s Floyd County Board of Education meeting.

“We do have an almost complete teardown at Armuchee,” he said. “We will wrap up there either today or tomorrow and then we will move on to Coosa by the middle of the week at the latest.”

Worsham provided updates on other projects, including improvements to the football fields at Model and Pepperell High.

“Turf fields are progressing very well,” Worsham told the board. “Everything is right on schedule, putting in concrete curbs as we speak. So, they will be finishing up right on time. We do have playground signs going in, and the road at Mango is progressing very well. We will be ready to turn that over for asphalt by the end of the week.

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