Peaks Mill Elementary Principal Beth Nickel will lead all of Franklin County’s elementary schools next year, Superintendent Chrissy Jones announced Friday.
Nickel has been principal at Peaks Mill Elementary since 2008 and previously from 2000 to 2003. She has several years of experience as a teacher in Franklin County and Arizona, according to the announcement.
“I am excited about welcoming Ms. Nickel to the district leadership team and truly believe her experience and leadership skills will help move our district schools forward as we continue our quest for ensuring success for all students,” Jones said in a statement Friday.
The vacancy at Peaks Mill was posted Friday. The school’s council will be in charge of hiring a replacement.
Jones said she plans to meet with the council soon to determine if it plans to name an interim principal or begin the search immediately. If the council decides to forego an interim, Jones said Nickel would continue in both positions temporarily.
In her new position, Nickel will work with elementary school principals, teachers and instructional coaches on literacy and math, Jones said. Nickel’s official title is Director of Elementary.
Nickel will serve as one of three directors – one each focused on Franklin County’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Previously, there were two directors and an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. When Jones left that position to become superintendent July 1, it was eliminated in favor of three directors.
“With three directors we will be able to service schools more, to really get out in the schools and help teachers and administrators as much as possible,” she said.
Cynthia Lawson works with the district’s middle schools. The search is on for a high school specialist after Maurice Chappell left for a job in Jessamine County, Jones said.