Upperman High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Greg Wilson will return home to Sparta to become White County High School’s new principal.
The White County School board approved Wilson as the new leader. Wilson was born and bred in Sparta and graduated from White County High School in 1985. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said this hire is as in house as it gets.
“We have really picked a good one,” Dronebarger said. “They are sad to lose him there. Every where he has been the folks have told me he is everyone’s favorite principal from students, parents and teachers.”
Dronebarger said Wilson’s extensive resume, ethics and characteristics proved he was the man for the job. Wilson served as a teacher and administrator for two large schools in Florida and one in North Carolina before his time at Upperman.
“He has a lot experience in all different aspects of being a high school principal,” Dronebarger said. “Whether it’s curriculum, academics, athletics, special education, CTE, the list goes on and on. As I have checked those references, they came back with glowing reports of his experience, efforts and success.”
Wilson competed against White County High School Assistant Principal Montuka Murray for the position. Dronebarger said he made the decision to move forward with Wilson after long discussions with his administrative team and both candidates.
“I don’t think there will be much of a hiccup,” Dronebarger said. “With him coming in with all of his experience and knowing Sparta and knowing so many people, I think he will hit the ground running.”
Wilson’s contract will last 240 days. Dronebarger said the exact pay is unknown, but he estimated Wilson’s salary would be around $75,000 based on his experience and degrees.
Dronebarger said there is no administrative tenure laws, but Wilson could earn tenure as a teacher. Dronebarger said he has full faith in Wilson and keeping him will not be an issue.
Wilson replaces Grant Swallows, who left White County High School to be Warren County’s director of schools.