DCSS Makes New Administrative Appointments

New Principals Announced for 2023-2024 School Year
Posted on 04/14/2023
Superintendent Trent North and the Douglas County Board of Education are pleased to announce the appointment of three new principals.

Felicia Jones will be the new principal of Lithia Springs High School. With over twenty years of experience in education, Jones is an experienced educator with a broad background in English Language Arts, special education, and educational leadership at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Felicia Jones, LSHS PrincipalJones has held several leadership roles within the Douglas County School System, including assistant principal positions at Lithia Springs High School, Yeager Middle School, and Factory Shoals Middle School. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at Douglas County High School.

"We are thrilled to have Felicia Jones join us as the new principal of Lithia Springs High School," said Superintendent Trent North. "Her commitment to providing students with a positive learning environment, academic excellence, and the skills needed for success after high school make her an outstanding choice for this role. We are confident she will be a strong leader for our students, faculty, and staff."

Jones will begin her new role this summer. She is excited to build on the school's tradition of excellence. "I am honored and excited to return to the Lithia Springs community," said Jones. "I look forward to working with students, staff, and families to continue the school's success and provide students with the tools they need to succeed after graduation. I'm confident that we can make this a successful year for our Lithia Lions together by working together."

Jones holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Jacksonville State University.

Tanyia Clagette has been named principal of New Manchester Elementary School.

Tanyia Clagette, NMHS PrincipalFor the past four years, Clagette has been assistant principal of New Manchester Elementary School. Previously, she worked as Instructional Lead Teacher at Annette Winn Elementary and as a teacher at Eastside Elementary School. She will step into the role held by Keith Racine, who moves to the Central Office as an Area Executive Director.

Clagette feels honored to lead New Manchester Elementary School. She says families can trust her to be fair and consistent with expectations because she wants all students to soar. She says, "I'm looking forward to continuing to serve our school community and build on New Manchester Elementary's history of excellence. I will continue to work with our teachers, students, families, and community to give students the skills they need to shape our future."

Clagette holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in education from Concordia University. In addition to her administrative experience, she has an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Berry College.

Lora McAdams will also step into a new role next school year. McAdams will be the new principal of Alexander High School. She will assume the role of Dr. Christopher Small, who will become the district’s new Executive Director of Operations.

Lora McAdams, AHS PrincipalMcAdams is currently the school’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Before becoming Assistant Principal, McAdams worked at Alexander for twelve years in many roles, including Assistant Administrator, Special Education Department Chair, Special Education teacher, and Head Cheerleading Coach.

McAdams says, "It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen as the new principal of Alexander, and I look forward to building on the school's history. I'm glad for the opportunity to lead the Alexander family and be a part of all the great things happening at our school."

The Alexander High School graduate received her undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia. She received a master’s from Valdosta State University and a specialist degree in instructional technology from Kennesaw State University.  

“We’re excited about our new Douglas County School System principals,” said Superintendent North. “They both possess the talent, skill, and determination to see students in their schools succeed. We look forward to everything they will bring to their new roles and schools.”
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