Clarke County Public Schools has announced the appointment of Mr. Griff Carmichael as the new principal of Cooley Elementary School, effective July 1, 2011.
Mr. Carmichael has been an employee of the Clarke County Public Schools since 2001 and has served in a variety of capacities, most recently as an assistant principal at Cooley Elementary School. Mr. Carmichael lives in the Clarke community.
Upon learning of the announcement late last night, Mr. Carmichael shared the following:
“I am excited about the opportunity to assume a new leadership role with the Cooley and Berryville Primary community. Over the past few years we have cultivated an exceptional educational environment allowing students to seamlessly transfer between the Primary and Cooley campuses. We will continue to improve and build upon our successes as we prepare our students to make the transition to our new educational complex in the near future. I would like to thank the staff of both campuses, the families of our students, and members of the community for their ongoing support. The Berryville Primary and Cooley communities have wonderful students, families, and staff to work with and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall!”
Superintendent of Schools, Michael F. Murphy, spoke highly of Mr. Carmichael’s “commitment to the children of Clarke County and his service to public education”. Murphy said that the selection process was rigorous, thorough, and had a high level of staff participation.