Buford City Schools names new middle, high school principals

Buford City Schools recently named two new principals: Teresa Hagelthorn, left, will head Buford Middle School, while Lindsey Allen, right, will head Buford High School. (Special Photo)

Buford City Schools will soon welcome two new principals at the middle and high school levels, the district told the Daily Post on Tuesday.

Current Buford Academy Assistant Principal Teresa Hagelthorn will take over as head of Buford Middle School, while Lindsey Allen, who currently serves as executive officer of secondary education for the Bibb County School District, will be Buford High School’s new principal.

Hagelthorn, who began her career as a math teacher at Central Gwinnett High School, served for a number of years at several Gwinnett County Public Schools high schools before moving to Buford City Schools. She will take over for current Buford Middle School Principal Melanie Reed, who previously accepted the position of Buford City Schools Assistant Superintendent.

Reed replaces Rita Cantrell, who is set to retire May 1.

It’s not immediately known what the next steps are for current Buford High School Principal Ed Shaddix, who has served as head of the school since 2017. He told the Daily Post on Tuesday he could not comment on his plans at this time.

Prior to joining Buford City Schools, Shaddix served as assistant superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools. In his career in Gwinnett, he was also principal of North Gwinnett High School, an assistant principal at Dacula High School and an athletics director at Shiloh High School.

Allen, meanwhile, has been in the education field for more than two decades, serving in various capacities, including as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, hearing officer and principal, a Bibb County School District biography said.

In addition to Bibb County, he has worked for Gwinnett and Barrow County school districts.

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