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New Fowler Drive Elementary School principal named

Selecia M. Hardy

By Joe Johnson

The Clarke County School District Wednesday announced that a new principal has been chosen for Fowler Drive Elementary School.

The decision to hire Selecia M. Hardy was made during the Nov. 21 regular meeting of the Board of Education, according to the announcement.

Hardy, who is scheduled to begin her new position on Jan. 2, is replacing Anissa Johnson, who resigned earlier this year to take a job in Henry County.

Hardy will be relocating from Maryland, where she held several leadership positions within Anne Arundel County Public Schools, including principal and assistant principal.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College. She also holds certificates in Professional Development and School Improvement.

Also during its regular meeting last week, school board members chose Lawrence M.T. Davis as the district's executive director of community engagement and strategic partnerships.

Harris will be transferring from the position of CEO of the Athens Community Career Academy.

He is currently working on his Doctor of Philosophy in Education,

Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. Harris holds a Master

of Science in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor

of Science in Psychology from UGA.

He has previous experience as founder and president of College Factory, Inc. in Athens, and as director of Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education for the Clarke County School District.

A third personnel change approved by school board members was the hiring of Chris Griner as the school district’s new chief financial officer.

Griner is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

He has held leadership positions in several school districts in the southeast, most recently serving as CFO for the South Carolina Public Charter School District. He held the same position for Forsyth County schools, and was assistant superintendent for finance

and operations with Sumter County School District in South Carolina.

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