Dalton Public Schools has filled the last administrative position for its reconfiguration of secondary schools planned for August 2021. Dr. Matthew Mederios has been approved by the Dalton Board of Education as the principal for the new grades 10-12 high school that is scheduled to open in August 2021. Mederios will join the district on July 1, 2020.
Mederios comes to Dalton from Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Florida, where he currently serves as principal at Varsity Lakes Middle School. Previously he served as a high school principal in the Lee County School District for five years and then served as a principal-on-assignment for academic services. He has 21 years of experience in education.
Mederios holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed the provisional certification program in physical education and health from the State University of New York at Cortland. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Learnership and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He was named the 2017 Lee County Person of the Year, the 2015-16 North Fort Myers Rotarian of the Year and the 2010 Assistant Principal of the Year in Lee County.
Mederios joins Missie McKinney, who was approved at the last board meeting as the principal for the district's new grade 8 and 9 school that will also open in August 2021.
The board had already approved the transfer of Lauri Johnson, who is currently the principal at Dalton Middle School, to the principal of the new Hammond Creek Middle School that will serve students in grades 6 and 7 when it opens in August 2021. Stephanie Hungerpillar has been selected to replace retiring Dalton High School Principal Steve Bartoo at the end of this school year.
"It was important for the board and the district to have all of the principals in place now for the reconfiguration as the work shifts into high gear with selecting personnel, planning details of the transition, finalizing curriculum and scheduling, as well as solidifying school-based processes and plans," said Superintendent Tim Scott. "I'm very excited at the energy, passion, knowledge and skill set that these four principals bring to the team. All of them share a strong desire to provide the best educational opportunities for all of our secondary students and are anxious to get to work."