Jake Johnson

New Cullman Middle School Principal Jake Johnson, from left, is congratulated by Cullman City School Board member Joey Orr and East Elementary Principal David Wiggins after Tuesday's board meeting.

Cullman City Schools Federal Programs Coordinator Jake Johnson has been named the new principal of Cullman Middle School.

Johnson, who has previously served as a teacher and assistant principal at Cullman High School and assistant principal at Fairview Elementary School, was approved as the new CMS principal to replace Lane Hill, who resigned his position to accept a new role at a private school in the Huntsville area.

Johnson’s new role was approved during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Cullman City School Board, and Superintendent Susan Patterson said the board was excited for Johnson’s move into a new position.

“We would like to say congratulations to him,” she said. “We’re truly honored to have him in this leadership position.”

Johnson thanked Patterson and the members of the school board for the vote of confidence to take over CMS, and said he was looking forward to getting to work at his new school.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” he said. “You’re not going to find a better school district to work for or a better school. It’s nice to come into a position like this where you feel like you don’t have to make a lot of changes because things are going so well.”

Hill’s departure from Cullman Middle School comes after the school board voted in February to not renew Hill’s contract effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and later agreed to a settlement with Hill that extended his contract until June 2020.

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