Media release: Effective July 1, 2017, Mrs. LaDonna Turrentine will be the new face leading the way at Coosa High School. The Floyd County Board of Education approved the personnel change in the June 20, 2017 called Board meeting. Currently, she serves as the principal at Johnson Elementary School and has been with the District for 23 years collectively as a teacher and an administrator.
Turrentine has extensive experience as an administrator. Prior to being principal at Johnson Elementary, her roles include being the principal at Kingston Elementary and an assistant principal of instruction and/or discipline at Armuchee Middle, Armuchee Elementary, and Model High. She graduated with Educational Master’s and Specialist degrees from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and Bachelor’s degree from Shorter College.
“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as the principal of Johnson Elementary School for the past eight years. I am now looking forward to the opportunity of leading Coosa High School as we prepare 21st Century students to be college and career ready,” said Turrentine “Coosa High has enjoyed tremendous success academically and athletically, which has not occurred by accident. It has been through the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have existed between school staff, parents, community members, and the students. I am humbled, blessed, and most appreciative of the opportunity presented to me to become a member of the Coosa High Educational Family. It’s great to be a Coosa Eagle!”
The school district conducted a thorough interview and selection process. To begin, the position was shared internally with all employees, then posted externally on floydboe.net and teachgeorgia.org. There were 18 applicants, three of those being internal and 15 of them being external. “Usually, principals have already solidified everything for the upcoming school year, yet we saw some very strong candidates for the position considering the timing,” said Dr. John Jackson, Superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “This was a very coveted position.” The hiring committee was constructed of a teacher representative, a Local School Governance Team (LSGT) representative, the building principal, and two central office employees. After rigorous screening and interviews by the hiring committee, three finalists were presented to the superintendent, then shared with the Floyd County Board of Education and Coosa High School’s LSGT.
“We are excited about the enthusiasm La Donna will bring to her new position. She has fostered achievement at Johnson Elementary and we will look for similar results to be demonstrated at Coosa High. She is a change agent with high expectations and high energy,” Jackson said of Turrentine. “She has experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and that will help tremendously with preparing our K-8 students. La Donna is fully equipped to advise everyone from parents to staff on how to support our students to reach their full potential.”
Dr. Jackson and other necessary personnel will meet with Johnson Elementary and their LSGT next week to determine the next steps for hiring a principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Whether or not to place an interim or begin the search for a permanent principal is yet to be decided.
La Donna Turrentine and her husband, Steve, have three children who graduated from Model High School. Mr. Turrentine is the principal of Model Middle School. Please join Floyd County Schools, and the Coosa area especially, in welcoming Mrs. Turrentine to the Coosa High School Principalship as she transitions to this administrative position beginning July 1, 2017.