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New LCHS principal named

Dr. David Boland, current principal at Cook Middle School, has been named principal at Lamar County High School. From superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson: It is our privilege to announce Dr. David Boland as the new Lamar County High School principal for 2016-17. He was unanimously approved at a called board meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Dr. Boland currently serves as the principal of Cook Middle School, a position he has held the last five years. Under his leadership, CMS CCRPI scores have increased almost 15%. Prior to being named principal at Cook Middle School, Dr. Boland served as an assistant principal. While his last seven years have been in middle school administration, Dr. Boland’s first 16 years in education were all at the high school level as an alternative school director, summer school director, engineering & technology teacher, special education teacher, and health & PE teacher. Dr. Boland has an extensive extra-curricular resume as the sponsor for the Technology Student Association (TSA), Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Head Wrestling Coach, Head Golf Coach, and basketball coach. Dr. Boland is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology from National University, a Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Albany State, and a PhD from Trident University. Dr. Boland and his wife of 19 years, Stacy, plan to move to Lamar County in the months ahead, and will enroll their children Victoria (currently a sophomore) and Bryce (currently in 8th grade) in Lamar County Schools. Dr. Boland has a history of proven leadership in education, specializing in increasing student achievement, ‘Learning-Focused Schools’ strategies, and improving discipline through PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) strategies. When asked of his first priority as principal, Dr. Boland stated, ‘I really want to focus on building positive relationships with the staff, community, and especially the students. Lamar County’s recent success with graduation rates, community support, and strong extracurricular programs were very attractive to our family.’ When contacting references, Cook County Superintendent Lance Heard stated, ‘Dr. Boland has a wide variety of experiences from administration, to classroom teacher, to head coach of several different athletic teams. He is very intelligent, highly organized, and committed to the school he serves. I am confident he will be successful as a high school principal.’

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