HOSCHTON -- As veteran administrator Jim Markham steps down from his post at the state's largest high school to battle cancer, another longtime educator has been asked to take his place.
In the coming weeks, Duluth High School Principal Jason Lane will replace Markham, who announced his retirement in August. A new principal has not yet been named for Duluth.
On Friday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education tapped Lane and three other longtime leaders for principal posts around the district.
During a specially called meeting, the school board voted 4-0 to approve Brenda Johnson as principal of Centerville Elementary, Stacey Schepens as the new leader at Crews Middle, Yvette Arthur as principal at Lilburn Middle and Lane as principal at Mill Creek.
Arthur, who is currently the assistant principal at Jones Middle, will lead Lilburn Middle, replacing Gene Taylor, who accepted a position with another district. Arthur is a graduate of the school district's Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program.
Schepens, who is also a graduate of the program, will transfer to Crews Middle after spending the last four years as an assistant principal at Moore Middle and McConnell Middle. She replaces Vince Botta, who took a job as staffing director with the district's Division of Human Resources.
Johnson will take the helm at Centerville Elementary after spending the past six years as an assistant principal at Ferguson Elementary and Minor Elementary. She replaces former principal Kim McDermon, who has taken a job as staffing director of the district's Division of Human Resources. Johnson is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program.
Lane also is a graduate of the school district's 2007 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program.
According to the district's website, the Quality-Plus Leader Academy is a program adopted by Gwinnett County Public Schools which aims to help leaders to be knowledgeable about instruction, have the ability to articulate the school's vision and mission and promote a positive school environment.
The website states that Quality-Plus leaders "model high expectations for teachers and students, and execute a vision so that these expectations may be realized."