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Audra Saunders Says Goodbye to Campbell High, Hello Cartersville

Saunders served for nine years as Campbell's assistant principal.

After almost a decade as a Campbell Spartan, . She began her first day as curriculum assistant principal at Cartersville High School Monday.

Saunders worked in the Cobb County School District for 19 years, the past nine of those at Campbell. She said she would have loved to finish out her career in Cobb, but that she has her sights set on being a principal.

“Last year I applied for a principalship in Cobb and I was in consideration and then they assigned Dr. Magee to be principal at Campbell,” she said. “They said, ‘Look, this is not about you. It’s not personal. And I said OK that’s great. I’m going to be here. I’m a team player and I’m going to work and I’m loyal and I’ve been here. I’m going to do what I need to do to make Campbell successful. That’s my goal. That’s why I’m in education.”

But now Saunders said she’s leaving her post in Smyrna to diversify her resume so she can be a more competitive candidate for principalship.

“This is a completely different demographic from Campbell,” she said. “It’s a much smaller hometown school. It’s the only high school in the city of Cartersville. The system is a very small system. Everybody always says when you want to be a principal you have to have lots of different varied experiences.”

Saunders said she’s sad to leave her students, colleagues and the community behind, but an email she sent to Smyrna-Vinings Patch is an indication that she's feeling right at home in Cartersville: "I will miss the Campbell community tremendously but I am very much looking forward to my new position at Cartersville High School (Go Canes!)"

PK July 06, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I have 2 children at CHS and they both liked and respected Ms. Saunders. Best wishes for your future success!
Kerri Bounds July 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I have never understood why the county does not move assistant principals with good standings to the principal ship positions. This has been going on for years and it seems like such an easy transition that would benefit the stability of the schools. Yet, more times than not, principals are moved all over the county to schools they are not familiar with. Interesting??
Southern Sista July 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
CHS and Cobb County is losing a good one.....once again. Best of luck Ms Saunders! CHS is lucky to get you!

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