The Bulloch County Board of Education approved Superintendent Charles Wilson’s recommendation to promote Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s assistant principal, Brad Boykin, to lead the school beginning July 1. Boykin has served the school district since 2014, and became a member of SEBMS’s administration in June 2017.
“I am excited for the opportunity to further work with the faculty, staff, parents, and students at Southeast Bulloch Middle School and build upon the meaningful relationships that I have already established as assistant principal,” Boykin said. “Through partnerships with our leadership team and community stakeholders, it is my goal to build on the tradition of excellence that has already been established by Dr. Torian White and his predecessor Donna Clifton.”
Bulloch County Schools’ Human Resources Department led the selection process. There were 16 candidates who began the extensive online application process. Six of those candidates completed the required documentation and pre-work and satisfied the initial screening criteria. A blind screening committee then reviewed the redacted applications of the six remaining candidates. The committee recommended three of the six to advance to face-to-face interviews with a panel of school system leaders. Three of the final six were local, internal candidates, and three were from outside the school system.
The panel then recommended two candidates to be interviewed by Superintendent Wilson and the SEBMS School Council, made up of parents, faculty, and business leaders. Boykin was one of the final two candidates, and Superintendent Wilson recommended him to the Board.
Boykin is a quadruple Eagle, earning three degrees from Georgia Southern University and pursuing a fourth His bachelor’s degree is in Early Childhood Education and his master’s degree is in Instructional Technology. His specialist’s degree and doctorate degree, which he will complete in May 2021, are both in Educational Leadership.
During his tenure at SEBMS, Boykin led data analysis training for faculty to help them better identify and address the academic needs of students. He helped complete faculty evaluations and regularly collaborated with the principal and other administrators to ensure the school effectively moved toward meeting school improvement goals. He also dealt with student discipline, building and grounds, and school safety, all of which have prepared him for the school’s top leadership position.
Before accepting the assistant principal role at SEBMS, Boykin was accepted as a member of the second cohort of Bulloch County School’s Aspiring Leaders program that met from Apr. 2016 to Feb. 2017. He completed and graduated from the leadership development program which is designed to support the school system’s aspiring employee leaders and prepare them for future leadership roles within the district.
Boykin began his career in education in Aug. 2008, at Screven County Elementary School, where he served for six years teaching math, science, and social studies at the fifth and fourth-grade levels. He came to Bulloch County Schools in Aug. 2014, when he accepted a position as a fourth-grade math teacher at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. He also taught third-grade there before accepting the assistant principal position at SEBMS in 2017. During his time as a classroom teacher he served as a grade-level chairperson and was an active member of school improvement teams, school councils, and school safety committees.
The Board of Education met for a whole-board governance training session on Tues., May 14, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. At the conclusion of the training the Board voted to enter into executive session to discuss and deliberate about personnel. They emerged from executive session and reconvened to vote on the Superintendent’s personnel recommendations, which included promoting Boykin to lead SEBMS and promoting Brooklet Elementary School Teacher Krista Branch to serve as an assistant principal at BES. Board Member April Newkirk made a motion to accept the recommendation, and it was seconded by Board Member Stuart Tedders. The Board voted 7-0 to accept the recommendations as presented. Board Member Cheri Wagner was not in attendance.
“I am appreciative to Superintendent Charles Wilson and the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to carry on amazing work at Southeast Bulloch Middle School,” Boykin said. He will assume the role of principal on July 1, when Dr. Torian White leaves Bulloch County to lead his alma mater, South Effingham High School, where as a student he was valedictorian of his 1999 graduating class.