Meet the new principals
Lumpkin County middle and high school students will be greeted by new principals for the 2017-2018 school year come August. James William “Billy” Kirk begins his new duties at the high school June 1. Matt Remillard takes over at the middle school July 1.
Kirk replaces Rick Conner, who served as principal for the past several years. Conner has resigned his position with the school system.
Kirk comes to LCHS from Gainesville City Schools where he serves as Director of Student Services and Athletic Director.
Kirk has 16 years experience in education, serving in several various roles. He taught both special education and phys. ed., served as an alternative school principal, testing coordinator, district tribunal officer, graduation coach, head football coach and dean of students.
“Mr. Kirk brings a unique perspective having served in various settings, and we are confident that he will use his expertise to make a very good high school even better.” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rob Brown
Brown and Kirk attended the same high school, though Brown said, the two have not kept up with each other.
Kirk said he decided to make the move to Lumpkin County “for several reasons—the high school faculty’s students’ accomplishments, the facilities, and because Lumpkin County has the same family values that we have.”
His aim in his new position will be “to serve the best interests of the kids,” he told the board.
Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Delta State University in Cleveland. Miss., a Master of Sport Science with an emphasis in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. He also earned a building level leadership certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
He and his wife of 18 years, Jennifer, have four children, Tucker (16), Tanner (14), Tate (7), and Truett (3).
“We are pleased for Mr. Kirk to accept our offer and to serve as the principal at Lumpkin County High School,” Brown said. “Mr. Kirk’s previous employers have spotlighted his leadership skills, his ability to make tough decisions and his focus on keeping the needs of students above all else.”
Remillard follows Chris Froggatt as principal at the middle school. Froggatt moves to Blackburn Elementary, where he will serve as assistant principal.
Remillard has 15 years experience in education, 10 of those as a math teacher. He also served as a baseball and football coach. HIs administrative career began as an assistant principal at Lithia Springs High School where he served for three years. At present, he is the Coordinator of Transportation for the Douglas County School System.
Brown crossed paths with Remillard in a professional capacity before, he said.
“Remillard was instrumental in changing the culture at Lithia Springs High School,” Brown said. “He was responsible for coordinating the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program which resulted in a significant decline of discipline referrals. In addition, he assisted all Douglas County middle schools as they implemented the PBIS program.”
Remilard shared his experience with Response to Intervention (RTI) and Teacher Evaluations as a guest speaker at the Summer Leadership Academy.
(RTI’s aim is the early identification and support for students with learning and behavior needs. Students are closely monitored and given special instruction to help them learn and succeed.)
Student engagement and management, he said, as well as creating “a clean, safe campus and building” are what staff, parents and students can expect from him as the middle school’s new principal.
Remillard earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. He also holds a Specialist in Educational Leadership, all from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
He has been married to his wife, Karla, for 13 years. The couple have two children, Marcus (11) and Kinzley (7).
“We are excited for Mr. Remillard to serve as the principal at Lumpkin County Middle School and for his family to relocate to this community. The interview panels were extremely impressed with Mr. Remillard and recommended him as one of the top candidates for both the middle and high school vacancies. He has a great vision for leading a team and serving students. He has a proven record of success, and we are proud to welcome him to Lumpkin County,” Brown said.