School board names new principals for Brookwood, T. Carl Buice

LAWRENCEVILLE - Brookwood Principal Jane Stegall said her upcoming retirement is "bittersweet," but she is "thrilled to death" the Gwinnett County Board of Education has appointed Assistant Principal Debra Dees to fill her position.

"I really feel for Brookwood this is the person needed for this position," Stegall said Friday. "I love what I do, and I love being the principal at Brookwood, but it's time for me to step back."

Dees, who has worked at the school since 1996, said she considers the appointment to be "an honor and a privilege."

"I've been fortunate over the last five years to be trained by what I think is the best principal in the county and in the state," Dees said.

Dees began working at the high school a couple of years before Stegall came to the school. In 2001, Dees became an assistant principal, and Stegall said they worked together as assistant principals for a year before she became principal.

Dees has also worked at Meadowcreek High School, Loganville High in Walton County, Dunwoody High in DeKalb County and Telfair County High. She has a master's degree from Georgia Southwestern State University and a specialist's degree from the University of West Georgia.

During its monthly business meeting, the Board of Education also appointed Kim Holland, assistant principal at T. Carl Buice School, to replace Buice Principal Jill Urich, who is leaving at the end of the school year.

Holland has worked at Buice School since 2001. She has worked as the local school technology coordinator and an administrative assistant, and she became an assistant principal in 2004.

Holland, who also taught at Dacula High, has a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a specialist's degree from North Georgia College and State University.

Both appointments are effective July 2.