GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — This upcoming school year will look very different as some staff members will take on a much bigger role than they did last year.

“We do have some changes in our administration at some of our schools,” said Geneva County Schools superintendent, Becky Birdsong said. “One reason is that our career tech director Dr. Chris Kennedy who was kinda our principal at our G-tech at our career tech center. He took a job in Houston County as their career tech director.”

Slocomb’s principal B.T. Hinson, who served there for four years, applied for the position and is now the new career tech director.

His position has been filled by David Tice who was the assistant at Rehobeth Middle School.

Due to recent resigning at Slocomb Middle School, Denise Whitfield was promoted to principal.

“Another change was with the COVID money, we hired one of our principals down here to work on coordinating our intervention program that we have where we hired 12 new intervention teachers to work with the kids in the elementary and middle and high schools,” Birdsong said.

Birdsong said there are six transitions overall and most staff members have worked in the system in the past.

She says they look to grow leaders within the county.

“So that when we have a position open up we have people that we worked with and trained to come up through our ranks to take over,” She said.

She said this route can provide a better learning experience for students since they are used to a few educators.

“We’re really gonna make a point when the school year starts to make sure our students are acclimated to our new people and parents know who to go to for questions and concerns,” Birdsong added.

Birdsong said they are busy with interviewing for the open positions, summer school, and preparing for the next school year. She’s excited about seeing familiar faces in new roles next school year.