The Hall County School District announced a number of personnel changes and departures from top administrative leaders on Friday, April 19.

Gordon Higgins, director of athletics and community relations who has served as the school district’s spokesman, will retire at the end of June.

Higgins has spent 47 years working in education, and 39 years with Hall County.

“It’s been a pleasure,” he told The Times.

Stan Lewis, principal of Johnson High School, will assume Higgins’ roles while continuing to lead the school.

Jonathan Edwards, who is currently the assistant principal, will be given the title of associate principal at Johnson High to reflect “a lot more of the school leadership duties,” Higgins said, so Lewis can meet the demands of his new roles.

Brad Brown, meanwhile, will retire from the role of assistant superintendent of human resources at the end of May. Superintendent Will Schofield, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Kevin Bales, Assistant Superintendent of Technology Aaron Turpin and Executive Director of Leadership Development David Moody will take over these duties on an interim basis.

Rhonda Samples, who already directs the school district’s Career, Technical & Agricultural Education programs, will take over for Moody as executive director of the Lanier College & Career Academy.

“We are implementing a plan to surround her with the support she will need to accomplish these roles with excellence,” according to a school district press release. “Jeff Jenkins will remain the chief operating officer of LCCA.”