By Sarah Stephens
Editor – River Region News
Ewell Fuller is no stranger to Millbrook, as he is a former assistant principal at the old Robinson Springs School many years ago.
Most recently he served as the assistant principal at Wetumpa Middle School, but his new job as principal at Stanhope Elmore High School brings him back to familiar territory.
Fuller was officially introduced last week at the regular meeting of the Elmore County Board of Education. Superintendent Richard Dennis made the announcement, saying he has full faith and confidence in Fuller’s abilities. The decision to name Fuller as Principal came after applications were taken for the open position, and an interview process with all candidates.
Fuller has been an educator, coach and principal in his 21-year career in education. The announcement brought a round of applause and plenty of hugs from those attending the meeting. He thanked Supt. Dennis and the board for their vote of confidence and said he is excited about this new opportunity at SEHS. He was presented his own SEHS T-shirt by Athletic Director and Football Coach Brian Bradford. “That looks really good on you,” Bradford said with a smile.
Fuller is replacing Dr. Bill Bergeron, who served as principal at SEHS for two years. In the coming year Bergeron is transferring to the alternative school to lead the program. Bergeron shook hands with Fuller and offered his services if he can be of any assistance during the transition.
“Fuller will do very well and will come in to continue what Dr. Bergeron started,” Supt. Dennis said. “He will continue to work on order and discipline, and he can attack those things.”
The new principal will have his hands full right off the bat, not just learning the ropes at a new school, but continuing the process of ongoing construction and renovation projects at SEHS.
The first phase is ongoing, with demolition of the front entrance to the school, as well as some breezeways connecting buildings. It is part of a larger plan to increase school security. Renovations to classrooms and buildings started earlier this summer and will continue. Some of the work will still be in process when the first school bell rings for the new year.
The improvements at SEHS were discussed at length during the board meeting, with members learning that the security fencing is in place. Work on the 100 and 200 buildings are complete, and it continues in the 300 building.,
Furniture is being moved in and most of the work is estimated to be substantially complete by July 30.
It is hoped that all of the work for the first phase of construction/renovation will be complete by Dec. 15 of this year.
Work is also continuing on underground conduits and it will take several days for the changeover to be complete. Gas lines have been moved and utility poles are also being moved.
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