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Incoming school supt. signs $130K contract

By Sherri Ellington It’s official. Dr. Julian ‘Jute’ Wilson signed a formal contract to serve as the superintendent of Lamar County schools beginning in July for the 2014-15 school year. Dr. Wilson’s contracted salary is $130,000 a year. At a May 6 board of education meeting, Dr. Wilson and his wife Sheila met central office staff and school administrators. He also received plenty of school system memorabilia including a cap and T-shirts. ’I’m honored to be here,’ said Wilson. ’Before we ever applied for the job, we came up here and looked at the place. Barnesville is a great, homey community ‘“ and I’ve got some large shoes to fill. I look forward to being here and getting to know everyone better.’ Dr. Wilson is wrapping up his last year as principal of Dawson County High School in Dawsonville. He has 20 years of experience including serving as principal of Cook County High School in Adel. He also has been a math and Spanish teacher in Florida and Alabama, coach, athletic director and assistant principal. He was chosen from a field of 35 candidates. Applicants included superintendents, assistant superintendents, high school principals, college deans and other faculty. A graduate of Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in Spanish, he also has a master’s in education administration from Troy State University and a doctorate from Trident University. He served six years as athletic director, assistant principal and head football coach at Irwin County High School. In 2007, he returned to Cook high school as principal and supervised the opening of a new $36 million high school. Under his leadership, Dawson County high made AYP every year and Cook high received the Governor’s Cup. He has also served on the Valdosta State University College of Education advisory board. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., he attended Samford University on a full football scholarship and was nominated for the National Collegiate Education Award. He is married to Sheila Wilson, the Career Technology Agriculture Education director at Pickens County High School. He has three children and is an ordained Baptist deacon and Sunday School teacher.

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