By David Carroll

DALTON, GA (WRCB)-  The Whitfield County School Board has approved Superintendent Katie Brochu's decision to remove Carolyn Towns as principal at Northwest Whitfield High School.  Mrs. Towns' next position in the school district was not immediately announced.

Despite a student petition reportedly numbering some 1100 signatures, and a plea from parents and students at Monday's Board meeting, the Board approved the superintendent's recommendation of Britt Adams to replace Mrs. Towns at the high school, where she has served as principal for six years.  Adams has been principal of Valley Point Middle School for the past five years.

Although the five-member Board routinely approves Dr. Brochu's recommendations by unanimous vote, Board member Thomas Barton cast the lone dissenting vote on Adams' appointment to the high school.

Dr. Brochu, who has been criticized by some for making a rash of appointments after announcing she is leaving Whitfield County, has not responded to a series of requests for interviews by WRCB.  She has also declined to speak to the Dalton newspaper, saying she cannot comment on personnel issues.  In a previous article, Board chairman Tim Trew told the newspaper that he too, could not comment.  Dr. Brochu is leaving the district at the end of the current school year to become superintendent of the Richland 2 school district in Columbia, South Carolina.

Some school district employees have been reluctant to criticize Dr. Brochu publicly, but a Facebook page in support of Mrs. Towns has 358 members, many of whom are harsh in their criticism of the superintendent. 

Mrs. Towns told Eyewitness News that she has not been offically reassigned, and had hoped to continue at Northwest Whitfield for another year.  The Dalton Daily Citizen reports that she did not attend Monday's board meeting.

The Board also named new principals for the district's three other high schools including Coahulla Creek, which will open in 2011.

Phillip Brown (a former Dalton High principal) will move from the Whitfield County Career Academy, where he is currently the principal, to Coahulla Creek.

Career Academy Assistant Principal Tim Fleming will become principal of that school.

Eastbrook Middle School Principal Brian Satterfield will become the new principal at Southeast Whitfield, where principal Alan Long resigned after being suspended earlier in the school year.