Furlow Charter School narrows principal finalists to three
By BETH ALSTON
AMERICUS — The governing board of Furlow Charter School has narrowed its search for a principal to three candidates. They are:
• Valerie Ryan Duff of Americus, who has been serving as interim principal since January. She retired from the Sumter County Board of Education in 2013, after serving almost 30 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal, all on the elementary and primary levels.
• Kelly M. Horne of Riverview, Fla., is presently assistant principal at Wharton and Bloomingdale High Schools where she’s been since 2012. Prior to that she was an administrative resource teacher and classroom teacher for six years.
• Travis D. Sadler of Mableton is currently working as assistant principal for Fulton County Schools in Fairburn where he has been since 2014. Prior to that, he was Dean of Schools for the Charlotte Mecklinburg School for three years. Prior to that he taught for three years as a high school special education teacher. He started his career in education in August 2004, as a middle school teacher at Union County Public Schools for two years.
Elizabeth Kuipers, chairman of the board, said the board will receive a recommendation on which candidate to hire soon.
Furlow Charter School’s former principal, Emmanuel Vincent, Ed. D., was relieved of his duties by the board at the January board meeting. Documentation states that Vincent violated a confidentiality policy at the school, and that was the reason for is employment termination.