Suttle has been at Walton for the last nine years and served as both the school’s assistant principal and athletic director since 2008. He previously was assistant administrator from 2007 to 2008 and a graduation specialist the previous year. From 2003 to 2006, he was a teacher at Walton after beginning his teaching career at Eastside Elementary School in 2000.
Suttle’s previous salary was $75,268.20. His new salary is $98,832.
Suttle said his first task is getting to know the Hillgrove community.
“The big thing is just learning the community and all the new principal stuff, like having the opportunity to meet with the students and teachers and finding out how I can best serve them as the principal,” he said.
He replaces former Principal Robert Shaw, who moved to Riverwood High School in Fulton County. Suttle said he hopes to continue Shaw’s history of success.
“Hillgrove High School is doing very well academically, athletically and in the fine arts,” Suttle said. “I just want to continue the traditions that have already been set by the former principals.”
Hillgrove serves a total of 2,085 students.
The school is about 61 percent white, 29 percent black, 6 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Asian and 2 percent multi-racial.
Board member Brad Wheeler, whose Post 7 covers Hillgrove, said he doesn’t yet know much about Suttle but has heard good things about him.
“I think Dr. (Joe) Boland and Dr. (Robert) Shaw have done a great job at Hillgrove and we hope Mr. Suttle will continue that tradition,” Wheeler said.
Last week, the board also approved the transfer of Joan Johnson to become principal of Nicholson Elementary School from Mt. Bethel Elementary School and the termination of Mary Finlayson, director of professional standards and ethics, as a result of budget reduction for fiscal 2014.
The board also approved the resignations of Josette Bailey, assistant director of the Hawthorne Center of Haven Academy, who will resign effective June 28 and Elaine Bush, principal at the Performance Learning Center, who will retire Aug. 1.