Board selects Nagle to lead

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Charles Nagle will lead Columbia County as the system's new school superintendent.

Charles Nagle: Choice to lead school system is the current  associate superintendent in Columbia County.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Charles Nagle: Choice to lead school system is the current associate superintendent in Columbia County.

The Columbia County school board chose Mr. Nagle over Liberty County Superintendent Steve Wilmoth in a Tuesday night meeting.

Mr. Nagle credited colleague and community support for his selection to the system's top spot.

"They know I have a real love for this school system," he said.

Currently the associate superintendent for Columbia County, Mr. Nagle's selection ends a months-long search for a successor for retiring Superintendent Tommy Price.

A superintendent search committee selected Dr. Wilmoth and Mr. Nagle as the finalists for the post in December.

"This was a national search, and, to be honest, I don't think we could have found a more qualified candidate," school board member Mike Sleeper said.

Mr. Nagle has served as the associate superintendent in Columbia County since 1999, according to his application. Prior to that, he had served as an administrator or teacher in Columbia County schools since 1989.

Mr. Price said he brought Mr. Nagle to the central office with the expectation he might one day earn a shot at the superintendent's job.

Mr. Nagle's solid communication skills and calm demeanor made him a natural for the position, Mr. Price said.

"I think with this job you have to be able to look at all sides of an issue before you make a decision," he said. "That's very important, and (Mr. Nagle) is good at that."

After thanking the board, his family and colleagues, Mr. Nagle thanked Mr. Price, referring to him as a mentor.

"It's my desire to work hard and continue the strong heritage and traditions of this school system," Mr. Nagle said.

The board still has to officially offer Mr. Nagle the position and negotiate a salary before his selection is finalized. Should he accept, he would assume the post in July.

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- The board gave final approval to a rezoning plan prompted by the August opening of a new elementary school in Grovetown. More than 650 pupils from Brookwood, Euchee Creek and Grovetown elementary schools will be relocated to the school.

- The board authorized the superintendent to enter into final negotiations to buy land for a new high school at Chamblin and Baker Place roads. Mr. Price expects the board to vote on the deal at its next meeting Feb. 13.

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CHIEF 01/24/07 - 06:58 am

NO SHOCK HERE. LET'S SEE IF HE STAYS THE COURSE....I BET HE DOES AND OUR GIRLS SPORTS PROGRAMS STAYS WEAK. Will we see progress for those special needs students, or Greenbrier HS where everyone is jumping ship due to the Principal. place your bets now..

GeorgiaGirl 01/24/07 - 09:50 am
Well, I'd bet on him. I think

Well, I'd bet on him. I think the board made a great choice. I attended school where he served as vice principal and he was an asset to the administrative team. Congratulations Mr. Nagle -- looking forward to you doing a GREAT job!

out of towner
out of towner 01/24/07 - 11:12 am
I would like to place my bet

I would like to place my bet also. I was a parent volunteer in the front office at Riverside Middle and saw "behind the scenes". Mr. Nagle was well respected by teachers, staff, students, & parents. He was honest & fair, always listening to concerns of parents, students, etc., never showing favoritism, and being a great role model for the students. He did his job by the book but always showed compassion. He genuinely cared about the students and their futures. Congratulations Mr. Nagle!

Truckguy 01/24/07 - 05:02 pm
Congratulations, Mr. Nagle.

Congratulations, Mr. Nagle. I'd rather have an inside guy than someone from another system. This allows Columbia County to stay at the top.

CHIEF 01/24/07 - 06:38 pm
WOW, your right all we need

WOW, your right all we need is more butt kissing and non productive administrators. Fact is he was apart of the system that has no made female sports programs live up to title 10 and he surly has let down the parents and children with learning challenges. So you got what you wanted another price just wait and see if he flows with the Greenbrier Pricipal mess. I see the ship sinking faster than anyone. I know who will not be returning to Greenbrier thanks to the system. Every school needs changes and the last things in more support for administrators. IT's THE STUDENTS THAT ARE LOSING.

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