Sherrie Gibney-Sherman will resign her position as assistant superintendent of Madison County schools at the end of June.
She will leave to take the lead in opening Foothills Education Charter High School (a Mountain Education Charter High School replication project) as well as four-five more schools like the Mountain Education Charter High School (MEC) in Bowman in the NEGA RESA area by August 2015.
The board voted to hire Michael Williams, who is currently the principal at Banks County Elementary School.
“Michael Williams has been a middle school teacher, a high school teacher, a coach, an athletic director, an assistant high school principal, a CTAE Director, and an elementary school principal,” said Madison County superintendent Allen McCannon. “Mr. Williams has worked at every level in public education. He is a proven instructional leader with great interpersonal skills. He has an outstanding reputation in Banks County and will be missed.”
Williams grew up in Madison County and graduated from MCHS in 1987. McCannon said Williams has a strong desire to return home and make a difference.
“Mr. Williams understands Madison County,” he said. “He wants to live in our county and be very involved in the community.”
Gibney-Sherman has worked for the school system since February 2010 when she came on board as a consultant to help the district to, among other things, develop their application to become a charter school system.
During a change in administration in August of that year, Gibney-Sherman came on board as a “49 percent” assistant superintendent, in charge of curriculum and instruction.
“These past four years have been some of my most productive and satisfying professional years since I started in education in 1976,” Gibney-Sherman said. “I love the Madison County community — especially the ag community. I feel privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to serve.”
In her letter of resignation, she told McCannon that she was leaving with “mixed emotions.”
“I am so proud of the work that we have accomplished over the last four years – the successful SACS review, establishing and maintaining data teams in each school, applying for and being a charter system, applying for and receiving a $3.6 million dollar grant to open the College and Career Academy and assisting with the opening of the Mountain Education Charter High School in Bowman,” she wrote. “There are other fine examples of achievement that are the envy of many districts in the state. We are in a very good standing.”
She said she is excited to help implement more schools like Bowman MEC that allows students who have left traditional high school to work toward a high school diploma at their own pace.
“As one of the site directors at the Bowman MECHS, I am able to see up close the difference that having this resource makes on the lives of students and families,” she said.
Gibney-Sherman also said she will not be far away, as plans are to establish the central administration of Foothills in the retired portion of MCHS. She said she will also continue to serve the local school system as a consultant, when needed.
“I consider it an honor to have worked with Dr. Gibney-Sherman,” McCannon said. “She played such an intricate role in many system initiatives like the Charter System process and the College & Career Academy Grant… her influence will be felt for many years to come. She has a heart for students. I wish her the best in making Foothills Education Charter High School a reality in Northeast Georgia. I believe that this school will greatly benefit students and former students in Madison County.”