Mr. Trent North was appointed superintendent of the Douglas County School System effective June 1, 2017. Mr. North worked in education in the Carrollton City Schools for the past 26 years, most recently at Carrollton Middle School where he served two stints as principal for a total of seven years. Other school positions include serving as founding principal of the New Horizons Alternative School, assistant principal of Carrollton Elementary, teacher of history and government at Carrollton Junior High, and para-professional. He spent five years as director of community affairs, program compliance, human resources, and Race to the Top for Carrollton City Schools.

In addition to having experience in education, Mr. North served as a commissioner for Carroll County for 24 years. As longtime vice chair, he oversaw an annual budget of $48 million, directly contributed to the growth of more than 3,000 jobs through negotiations and support of new and relocating businesses, served as liaison to Tanner Medical Center, and negotiated board support for construction of the University of West Georgia student center and stadium/sports complex.

Mr. North holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia. He earned a specialist's degree in leadership and curriculum from Lincoln Memorial University.

A lifelong Georgian, Mr. North is deeply committed to the children and families of our state and regional area. He claims that growing up poor and living in public housing projects had a positive and profound impact on his life and helped define who he is today. "I will always strongly advocate for my students regardless of socioeconomics, zip codes, gender, race, or religion. Every child deserves the right to continue the family tradition of educational excellence or to be first to start it." Mr. North believes in community involvement and is looking forward to becoming a citizen of Douglas County.

"I appreciate how blessed I am to be in this position. The Douglas County School System has a tradition of excellence and abundant support from the community. Graduation rates and test scores have been rising over the last few years, and students and teachers are earning impressive honors and awards. Financially, the school system is sound. I look forward to not only continuing the tradition of excellence, but also pushing us to even greater heights."

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