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Henry County Board of Education Approves Appointment of W. Bernard Watts as New Principal of Fairview Elementary School

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Board of Education approved W. Bernard Watts as the new principal of Fairview Elementary School during its May 13 business meeting.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Watts as the new principal of Fairview Elementary School,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl Knowlton said. “He has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a deep commitment to our students’ academic success and well-being. We look forward to all he will accomplish as he leads Henry County’s oldest continuously operating school into a new era.”

Watts, who will begin his tenure at Fairview Elementary at the start of the 2024-2025 school year on Aug. 1, brings 27 years of service in education and a proven track record of leadership to his new position. He most recently served as assistant principal of nearby Smith-Barnes Elementary.

“I am humbled and excited to be named the new principal of Fairview Elementary School,” Watts said. “It is an honor and a privilege, and I am exceedingly grateful to serve my community.”

Watts holds an associate degree in education from Georgia Perimeter College, a Bachelor of Arts in history from Clayton State University, a Master of Science in elementary education from the University of Phoenix, an Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University, and an Education Specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia.

His background includes seven years in leadership positions following extensive experience in a variety of roles at the school level – from instructional specialist to academic coach, teacher, and paraprofessional.

“I genuinely believe in the ‘it takes a village’ approach when supporting students,” Watts added. “I look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue our culture of collaboration and create the best learning environment possible for our students.”

“Mr. Watts’ background and love for education make him an excellent choice to lead Fairview Elementary,” said Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership Dr. Cemond Robinzine. “His clear passion for education will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the school community, and we’re confident in his ability to advance our vision of ensuring a high-quality, world-class education for every student.”

About Henry County Schools

Henry County Schools (HCS) is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, consisting of 52 schools, including two academies, located about 20 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Over the past 20 years, our community has grown in population from 113,000 residents to over 244,000 residents. Since 1999, student enrollment has grown from 21,000 to 43,000 students, and our number of employees has grown from 3,000 to 6,000.

HCS is “In Pursuit of Exceptional,” taking action to advance opportunities, access, and outcomes so that every student in our school district has Exceptional Support, Exceptional Access, and an Exceptional Future. In 2020, our Board of Education adopted our 2021-2026 Community-Inspired Strategic Plan and laid out a clear vision and mission for Henry County Schools. Our vision is to ensure a high-quality, world-class education for every student, and our mission is to empower all students with exceptional opportunities and access that lead to success in a global society.