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Board appoints new 2015-16 principals for East Coweta High, Evans and Smokey Road Middle Schools

Jose Casablanca and Keafer Triplett

The Coweta County Board of Education appointed new principals for East Coweta High School, Evans Middle School and Smokey Road Middle School, at their regular board meeting on April 15.
All appointments will become active July 1, 2015, after the end of the current school year.
The Board voted to name Steve Allen as the next principal of East Coweta High School. Allen is currently an Assistant Principal at East Coweta High. He will succeed Evan Horton, who will become the school system’s Director of Student Services after this school year.
Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in Education Morehead State University, his certification in Special Education and his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia, and a specialist’s degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial. Allen’s daughter Kison is a 10th grader at East Coweta High School, and his son Taber is a 2010 graduate of ECHS. His wife, Kelli Allen, is a special education teacher in Coweta schools.
Allen began his career in 1997, teaching special education 1997 to 2005 at East Coweta High School. He became an Assistant Principal at Smokey Road Middle School in 2005. In 2007, Allen became an Assistant Principal at Newnan High School, and during his seven years there he also served as NHS’s Athletic Director. Allen became an Assistant Principal at East Coweta High School in 2014.

The Board voted to name Vera Perry-Harris as the next principal of Evans Middle School. Harris is currently an Assistant Principal at Newnan High School. She will succeed Melissa Wimbish, who will become the school system’s Director of Federal Programs and Title I after this school year.
Harris earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Life Development and her master’s degree in Family Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia, and a specialist’s degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial. She has two children who attend Coweta schools – Joshua Harris, a 6th grader at Evans Middle School and Patrick Harris, Jr., a 9th grader at Newnan High School.
Harris worked as an assistant women’s basketball coach from 1992 to 1994 at the University of Southern Mississippi, and from 1994 to 1998 at Mississippi University for Women and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After working with special education students at East Coweta High School, Harris began teaching 6th grade Literature and Language Art at Greenville Middle School in Meriwether County. She began teaching in Coweta County in 2006 at Evans Middle School, and in 2009 became Evans’ Assistant Principal. In 2013, Harris began serving as an Assistant Principal at Newnan High School.

The Board also voted to name Dr. Keafer Triplett as the next principal of Smokey Road Middle School. Triplett is currently an assistant principal at Northgate High School. He will succeed Jose Casablanca, who will become the school system’s Director of Student Programs and Grants after this school year.
Triplett earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Southern Mississippi, and earned a master’s degree in Public Health and Health Administration and a doctorate in Educational Administration also from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a daughter – Maci Triplett – who attends Canongate Elementary School.
Triplett began his career in 1998 in DeKalb County Schools, as a Health and Physical Education teacher and assistant football and track coach at Canby Lane Elementary and Tucker High School. From 2003 to 2004, he moved to Marietta City School as a General Educational Development teacher at Park Elementary School, and as a Math and Science teacher at Woods-Wilkins Alternative School. Triplett came to Coweta County in 2004, as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at East Coweta High School. In 2007, Triplett became an Assistant Principal at Northgate High School. He has also served as the supervising administrator at Coweta County’s Summer High School since 2012.

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