Connie Craft has been named by the Douglas County Board of Education to serve as the first principal of New Manchester High School (NMHS). "I am very appreciative of this vote of confidence and look forward to the challenge of opening a new school," Ms. Craft said.
She has been in her present position as principal of Douglas County High School since 2006 and was the assistant principal there from 2002-2006. At Alexander High School, Ms. Craft was an administrative assistant from 2001-2002 and an English teacher from 1999-2001.
"We are certainly excited for Ms. Craft as she takes on this new adventure and know that she will continue to do an excellent job," said Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz.
Ms. Craft's educational credentials include: Educational Specialist (L-6), Jacksonville State University; Educational Leadership (L-5), University of West Georgia; M.Ed, West Georgia College; and B.S., Ed., University of Georgia.
New Manchester High School was built on a 73 acre site located on Boundary Waters Parkway (Highways 92 and 166). It has 102 classrooms and the state has designated the school capacity at 1,975 students. The school mascot is the Jaguar.
Anticipated turn over date of the facility to the school district is between March and June of 2011. It will open for the 2011-2012 school year with grades nine through twelve. Eleventh and twelfth graders in the NMHS attendance zone will have the option of attending the new school or remaining at their current school.