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Jackson County School System announces leadership changes

On Monday, May 9, the Jackson County School System announced three leadership changes to its district office. William Schofill will serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations. Dr. Amity Hardegree will be promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services and Human Resources, and Dr. Daniel Waxter will serve as the Director of Student Support Services.

“I am excited to see these three strong leaders serving the students of Jackson County,” said Dr. Philip Brown, the incoming JCSS Superintendent. “These individuals are committed to continuing a culture of all-around excellence for our students and staff, and I look forward to partnering with them to ensure our students always excel in our schools.”

The Operations Division for the Jackson County School System provides support for the Facilities, Transportation, and School Nutrition departments. The need for an Assistant Superintendent of Operations was created upon the announcement of Ted Gilbert’s full-time retirement in June. Schofill comes to JCSS from the Georgia Department of Education where he has served as the Director of Facilities Services and Pupil Transportation for more than six years. He has also held roles as a Research and Evaluation Specialist for GaDOE, Transportation Director for White County Schools, Assistant Principal in Toombs County Schools, and a math teacher.

The Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services and Human Resources provides support for the Student Support Services and Human Resources departments. The JCSS Student Support Services department focuses on JCSS students’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being as it relates to student success and achievement, and the Human Resources department is committed to hiring and retaining exemplary staff for JCSS.

The need for an Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services and Human Resources was created when Todd Nickelsen took a position with Foothills Charter School in January of this year. Hardegree will assume this role on July 1. She has worked for JCSS since 2007 and currently serves as the principal of West Jackson Elementary School. Hardegree has also served as the Director of K-12 Curriculum and Innovation and a Literacy Specialist for the JCSS district office, as well as an Assistant Principal and first-grade teacher within JCSS schools.

Waxter will serve as the Director of Student Support Services beginning July 1. He will partner with social workers, counselors, and nursing staff to ensure students are physically and emotionally safe. Waxter has been an Assistant Principal at East Jackson Comprehensive High School since 2020.