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Board Names Two Superintendent Finalists
Board Names Two Superintendent Finalists

The Dalton Board of Education unanimously voted to name two finalists for the position of superintendent of Dalton Public Schools: Interim Superintendent Don Amonett and Dr. Tim Scott, assistant superintendent of district operations with Douglas County Schools.

Board Chair Rick Fromm explained the process used during the superintendent search that began last fall. The board developed parameters for candidates and partnered with the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to begin the search. GSBA provided a list of candidates in November, and the board chose to involve the newly-elected board members at that time. Out of 17 applicants, the board interviewed five candidates on Jan. 8 and held second interviews with three candidates on Feb. 24.

Dr. Fromm stated that both finalists were excellent candidates and that he felt they were the "cream of the crop." He said that state law requires the district to wait 14 business days before the board could make a final decision. He added that the board would be hosting a public meeting for the community on Wednesday evening to give interested individuals an opportunity to hear from both candidates.The GSBA search process requires a minimum of 14 days after announcing finalists before the board can vote on a candidate. Read more about the finalists below:
Don Amonett

Don Amonett, Interim Superintendent with Dalton Public Schools

Don Amonett currently serves as the Interim Superintendent for Dalton Public Schools and has been employed by the district since he was hired in 1977 as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at the former Dalton Junior High School.

Mr. Amonett also served as Dalton Junior High principal and as assistant superintendent of operations during his career. He retired in 2011 from his role as deputy superintendent and became the part-time assistant to former Superintendent Dr. Jim Hawkins.

Highlights of Mr. Amonett's role as interim superintendent have included moving along a general obligation bond to help build a new grades 6-7 school, which city voters approved in November. Mr. Amonett was recognized as the Tom Jones Educator of the Year in 2011, Star Teacher for DPS in 1987 and the GAE Middle School Principal of the year in 1987. During his time as principal at Dalton Junior High School, the school was selected as a National School of Excellence, and Mr. Amonett led the staff in the major transition from being a traditional junior high school to a middle school model with teaming.

Mr. Amonett graduated from West Georgia College, now known as the University of West Georgia, earning his bachelor's in mathematics with a minor in education, master's in math and specialist degree in administration and supervision.

Dr. Tim Scott

Dr. Tim Scott, Assistant Superintendent of District Operations with Douglas County Schools

Dr. Tim Scott is the Assistant Superintendent of District Operations for Douglas County Schools. Dr. Scott has worked throughout the state, beginning as a teacher for Houston County Schools in 1986. He has served as principal at Warner Robins High School in Houston County and at Dublin High School in Dublin City Schools where he helped raise the graduate rate and supervised the construction of a new high school. He later moved to the metro Atlanta area and was assistant principal at Lassiter High School in Cobb County before being named principal at Douglas County High School in 2011. He stayed there for four-and-a-half years before moving to his current position.

The schools Dr. Scott served as principal received the following honors – Title 1 Distinguished School at Northside High School in 2005, 2014 America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post at Douglas County High School, Best High School 2015 US News Report at Douglas County High School and an AP Honor School by the College Board at Douglas County High School in 2014. Dr. Scott has experience leading a successful ESPLOST.

Dr. Scott graduated from Georgia College and State University with his bachelor's in health and physical education and master's in educational leadership. He received a specialist degree in educational leadership from Troy State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.