New principal appointed to Hillgrove High
by Megan Thornton
July 03, 2013 12:04 AM | 8066 views | 5 5 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Education has appointed Christian Suttle, a former Walton High School assistant principal, as the new principal of Hillgrove High School.

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.

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Response to Good Luc
July 03, 2013
Review the teacher certification rules at the PSC website. Many fields are K-12 such as P.E., band, music, art, foreign languages, etc.

Christian will be an amazing leader for Hillgrove and an admirable role model for the students!

July 03, 2013
He's gonna have a big set of shoes to fill! Dr. Shaw was the most active,engaged and proactive Principal I've ever known. Riverwood will be getting a great leader! The youngest of my 4 boys will be a junior this year and I hope that the success that Hillgrove has had will continue.
July 03, 2013
Hillgrove High School,you are getting an amazing man. This is a huge loss for the Walton community. Good luck to Mr. Suttle and his family. We sure wish things would've been different and you would be the principal at Walton.
Happy to hear
July 03, 2013
We are happy to have a new administrator and hope he will straighten up the school! Sorry for your loss but happy for our gain!
Good luck
July 03, 2013
No one could ever replace Joe Boland and be as effective. The behavior at Hillgrove is deplorable. Hopefully, Suttle will not allow the bad behavior to continue because it was an embarrassment at games. The school was never the same since Boland left. What I am wondering is how yo9u can be certified in elementary ed but end up at the high school level. Mr. Suttle has no certification to be transferred to high school. Good luck!
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