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Bethany Bend High School Names First Principal
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Bethany Bend High School Names First Principal

MILTON, GA -- Roswell High School principal Ed Spurka will become the first principal of Fulton County's newest high school.

The school board approved his appointment at its Tuesday, Feb. 15 work session.

The new high school is currently under construction on Bethany Bend in Milton. It is scheduled to open in August of 2012.

"Dr. Spurka's longtime leadership in the North Fulton community is an asset for opening a new high school. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and decisive leader, and these qualities are essential," said Fulton County Schools Superintendent Cindy Loe. "I am also pleased to announce Jerome Huff as his successor at Roswell. Mr. Huff is a well-known and well-respected member of the Roswell community. He will continue Roswell High School's legacy while building on the school's successes and guiding it forward."

Huff, the current principal at Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, has worked as an administrator for Roswell High in the past.

Ed Spurka became Roswell High's principal in 2003; before that, he was an assistant principal at Roswell and an administrator and special education teacher at Milton High School in Alpharetta.

He has also taught and been an administrator at schools in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and Pennsylvania.

A graduate of West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Dr. Spurka studied political science and continued his education by achieving certification in special education. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

During his tenure at Roswell High, the school has flourished academically and athletically. It has been named an AP Merit School for the past four years and is listed as one of Atlanta magazine's top high schools in language arts, math and science, and athletics.

Dr. Spurka is a four-year recipient of the Governor's High Performance Principal award, which was signed into law at Roswell High in 2006. He was also named an Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Georgia PTA.

In addition to staffing the new high school, one of Dr. Spurka's first priorities will be to form a community committee for developing a unique school identity, such as its official name, mascot and colors.

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