High schools start school year with new principals

by Celia Shortt

The 2013-14 school year is about to start in Coweta County and with it comes changes to two area high schools.

Both Newnan and Northgate high schools have new principals.

Chase Puckett is the new principal at Newnan, and Bill Harrison at Northgate.

Chase Puckett served as assistant principal before becoming principal and is committed to meeting the goals of the Coweta County School System and Newnan High School.

'We will be working to ensure our students are college and career ready when they graduate,' he said.

'We want to have a conversation with students to start them on the path to their careers.'

'We have a strong staff here that cares about the staff, and we have a great student support and phenomenal community support,' he added. 'We will them succeed in getting students ready for life after high school.'

Puckett began his teaching career in southern Georgia where he taught middle school for six years.

In 2005, he was the Georgia Teacher of the Year. He taught high school for two years in Screvin County, served as assistant principal at Madras Middle School for five years, and was an assistant principal at Newnan High School for five years. This year will be his sixth at the school.

New Northgate High School Principal Bill Harrison began his career in the Coweta County School District when he taught special education at Newnan High School in 2001. He joined Northgate's staff in 2002 as athletic director. Before coming to Coweta County, he taught in Troup County for 10 years.

His goal, like Puckett's, is to help Northgate students find success in all that they do.

'Ensure the success of each student, that is what I want to do,' he said. 'Success is a very individual thing. We really challenge our students to be the best.'

Another goal of Harrison's is to see the school as a whole succeed in everything, whether it be EOCT results, academics, sports, or another area.

'Our goal is to be at the top of that list,' he said.

'When I was athletic director, our sports team worked to be best the best. As principal, we as a school should be the best. That goal is from my heart.'

As the school year starts to begin, both Puckett and Harrison have advice for students, especially new ones, who will be at their campuses this year.

'Find an area to get involved,' said Puckett.

'We are a large school, but there are a lot of opportunities. Find your niche.'

'We are going to take care of you from day one,' said Harrison.

'This is the first day of preparation for the rest of you life. You need to be ready on day one to start that journey.'

The 2013-14 school year in Coweta County begins on Tuesday.

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