ATLANTA - Two new administrators have been hired at Atlanta Community Schools and will be filling multiple roles in the school's administration/supervision positions during the coming school year. During its August meeting, the board of education authorized the hire of Dr. Patti Peiffer as Atlanta's part-time assistant principal and Michael Eising as full-time director of transportation/maintenance and athletic director.
"The entire process took about a month. After we went through the interview process we felt we were dead on, we evaluated the candidates and the consensus was overwhelming," Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. said.
Haskin said Peiffer has an extensive and impressive educational background with prior experiences as an elementary principal and working for the Department of Education as an instructional coach.
"She was a principal for many years and works with the Department of Education. She also has her doctorate. This was a lock. Honestly, I think she took the position because she has a heart for it. I think she can really help us," he said.
Haskin said her main role at Atlanta involves academics and preparing students for a variety of tests while raising MEAP and MME scores. He also said she has previous experience in community relations, and hopes she can assist in bringing the community together.
"I thought we could use someone like that in our community. I really wanted to hire an academic guru to come in and address past academic issues and work on moving us forward. I'm really excited about this," he said.
The assistant principal position will cost $26,000 per year, but Haskin said $10,000 will be covered by a Kellogg Foundation grant. Eising's bundled position as director of transportation/maintenance and athletic director will cost $35,000 per year, but $6,000 was previously set aside for the position.
Haskin said Eising is a perfect and logical fit for the school, especially because he worked at a local mechanical firm, has prior coaching experiences and knows the school building well.
"If you compare the cost to the school to what we will be getting, we are really getting a great deal," Haskin said.
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