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Board names principals for new schools

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education has named the principals who will lead three elementary schools scheduled to open in August.

The appointments were approved Thursday night during the board's regular monthly meeting, just before board members voted to approve the attendance boundaries for Lovin, Mulberry and Patrick elementary schools. The school system released the names of the principals Friday.

Laurie Allison, who has been the principal of J.A. Alford Elementary School since 2003, will open Lovin Elementary, which will open in August with 468 students from Cooper Elementary School.

Allison has worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1984. She has a specialist's degree from the University of Georgia.

Vivian Stranahan, the principal of Shiloh Elementary School since 2001, will open Mulberry Elementary, which will open with 478 students from Dacula Elementary School.

Stranahan has worked for GCPS since 1989. She has a specialist's degree from UGA.

Patrick Elementary, which will open with 529 students from Harmony Elementary School and 194 students from Ivy Creek Elementary School, will be led by Margaret Ackerman, the principal of Meadowcreek Elementary School since 2003.

Ackerman has been with GCPS since 1986. She has a specialist's degree from Emory University.

The board also appointed new principals to two schools whose leaders are retiring this year.

Paula Cobb, an assistant principal at Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary School, on Feb. 1 will become the new principal of Corley Elementary School. She will replace Valerie Manson, who is retiring.

Cobb has worked in Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1999. She has a specialist's degree from Piedmont College.

Paula Everett-Truppi, an assistant principal at Duluth Middle School, will become the principal at McConnell Middle School next year. McConnell's current principal, Dan Hicks, is retiring in June.

Everett-Truppi has worked for GCPS since 1994. She has a specialist's degree from Lincoln Memorial University.