ALBANY — In a surprise move Friday, Dougherty County School Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has named Eddie Johnson as principal at Albany Middle School.
Johnson, the former principal at Sherwood Acres Elementary School, replaces Brandi Barrett, who was reassigned as an assistant principal At Sherwood Acres.
Barrett, who came to Albany via the Chicago Public School System, was among the new principal hires in June.
“We were having some problems at Albany Middle that needed to be addressed immediately,” Mosely said. “My staff and I are committed to placing the right people in our schools to lead them effectively.”
Johnson’s assistant, Christina Ford, is joining him in leadership at the middle school. Lincoln Elementary Magnet School assistant principal Brent Fowler was selected to serve as interim principal at Sherwood Acres.
“I’m excited about the possibilities at Albany Middle School,” Johnson, who has been with the DCSS seven years, five as a principal, said. “I am also grateful that the administration has shown confidence in me to make a difference and change things around. My emphasis here will be heavy on discipline and academics.”
Johnson, 40, is a native of Framington, Mass. and holds a BA from Morehouse College and a specialist degree from Albany State University.
DCSS Public Information Director R.D. Harter said the unexpected change is typical of Mosely’s style of leadership.
“The job of the superintendent is to optimize management of our schools,” Harter said. “Since his arrival, Dr. Mosely has worked to provide the best leadership possible in our individual schools.”