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School board approves new Johnson High principal

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More than a dozen principals in the Huntsville City School system will be reassigned to new schools next year.

The school board approved the recommendations at a personnel meeting Monday morning.

Most of the principals moved from two-year probationary contracts to three-year contracts and renewals.

The board also approved a recommendation to hire Eric T. Jones as principal of Johnson High in the 2013-2014 school year.

Jones comes to Huntsville from Jackson, Tennessee, where he has been serving as principal for Jackson Central Merry High School. 

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said Jones' track record proves he is qualified for the position.

"In four years, he took the graduation rate from the 50th to the 90th percentile," Wardynski said.

Jones will bring two assistant principals with him when he joins Johnson High this July.

Johnson High's current principal, Michael Campbell, had already resigned and will serve as principal at Sparkman High next year.

The school board also approved a recommendation to not renew contracts for 47 non-tenured teachers based on performance reviews.

Wardynski said they reviewed roughly 330 teachers this year. Of those, 85 percent were renewed with new contracts. Last year, 63 percent were renewed, according to Wardynski.

The new performance review system considers six criteria, including principal input, student growth data, teacher attendance data, and discipline data.

"Through our new screening process, where we're being very careful about who we hire, we're getting much better results in terms of being able to continue teachers on towards tenure."

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