CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Kirk Shrum, who has just completed his fifth year as principal of Daisy Elementary, has been hired as the new principal of Manning Oaks Elementary in Alpharetta (Fulton County), Ga.  He joins Fulton County after serving as a principal, assistant principal and teacher in Hamilton County for the past 15 years.

According to a release from Fulton County Schools, "High achievement and improvement is a hallmark of Shrum's leadership, as his current elementary school earned all A's in a countywide performance system in math, reading, science and social studies for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 school years.  Daisy was one of only three schools in Hamilton County to receive all As for 2009.  In addition, he has been recognized by the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga as a "Highly Effective Teacher" and a "Leadership Fellow," as well as by the Tennessee Association of Social Studies Teachers as an "Outstanding Teacher."

Shrum, 37, is a Nashville native who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Technology University. He currently is pursuing a doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University.

"I'm leaving with nothing but great affection and respect for Hamilton County.  I have so enjoyed working with the students, teachers, parents, administrators and elected officials," Shrum said.

District 1 Board member Rhonda Thurman says she visits Daisy often.  "I hate to lose him, he's one of our best.  He welcomes parents, he helps teach classes, he will be hard to replace," Thurman said.

"This is a professional opportunity that I can't pass up," Shrum said. "I'm leaving one great school system and going to another.  But Hamilton County and Daisy will always be a part of me. I have had great mentors like (retired principals) Jean Trohanis and Ken Barker, and (elementary school director) Gail Morgan who have been so helpful to me."

An elementary principal position was posted on the Hamilton County Schools website this week.  There are several rumored changes in the principals ranks, with some principals reportedly being considered for transfers or reassignments.  Most of the decisions are expected to be made by Superintendent Dr. Jim Scales and Asst. Supt. Ray Swoffard, both of whom are expected to leave the district at the end of the current school year.