Board names five principals

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education has named principals for five elementary schools, including three that are losing their leaders to new schools opening in August.

All of the appointments, approved during the board's regular business meeting, are effective July 1. Gwinnett County school officials announced the appointments Monday.

Betty Ann Schoeneck will fill the position at Shiloh Elementary School vacated by Principal Vivian Stranahan, who is leaving to open the new Mulberry Elementary School. Schoeneck, who has a specialist's degree from Lincoln Memorial University, has been an assistant principal at W.C. Britt Elementary since 1988.

Kelli McCain will lead Meadowcreek Elementary School, whose current principal, Margaret Ackerman, is leaving to open the new Patrick Elementary School. McCain, an assistant principal at Grayson Elementary School, has worked for GCPS since 1996. She has a specialist's degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Monica Batiste will lead J.A. Alford Elementary School after Principal Laurie Allison leaves to open the new Lovin Elementary School. Batiste, a data administrator and former assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary School, has worked for GCPS since 1996. She has a specialist's degree from Brenau University.

The Board of Education also named successors for two retiring principals.

Paul Brooksher, a principal at J.A. Dobbins Middle School in Paulding County, will lead Dacula Elementary next school year. The school's current principal, Karen Bryant, is retiring in June. Brooksher, who has a doctoral degree from Clemson University, worked as an assistant principal for two GCPS schools from 1999 to 2004.

Angie Pacholke, an assistant principal at Riverside Elementary since 2002, will lead Rock Springs Elementary School. Rock Springs Principal Cheryl Wilson, who has led the school since it opened in 1999, is retiring at the end of the school year. Pacholke has a leadership certification from the University of Georgia.