With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.
Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.
He began his career in Eatonton as a math teacher and then moved to Cousins Middle in 2002, where he also taught math. From 2005-08 he worked as the math and business education teacher at Eastside High School before being promoted to assistant principal in 2008.
"It is going to be very difficult saying goodbye to all the wonderful administrators, faculty and staff at Indian Creek Middle School," said Meneguzzo in a press release. "In my time there I have had the honor to work with outstanding educators and the most wonderful people who created a positive, safe and engaging learning environment for all students and a working environment where you always felt like you were part of a family. I am very grateful for the time I had at Indian Creek Middle School and am extremely excited about the new journey I am about to embark on at the Newton County Theme School. I look forward to building new relationships and working together with the administration, faculty and staff to provide the best educational experience possible for all of our students and a working environment that people are excited to come to each and every day."
Meneguzzo received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and business administration from Northern Michigan University and a master's in education in occupational studies from the University of Georgia. He earned his education specialist's degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2008 and is currently working on a doctorate in education in educational leadership at UGA.
"Mr. Meneguzzo is a great fit for our parent involvement school," said Gary Mathews, Superintendent for Newton County Schools. "I believe we've selected an effective instructional leader for this emerging K-8 school."