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Welcome to the 21-22 School Year

Maury County Public Schools 21-22 school year starts on Monday, August 2. This is a full day of school for all students. Tuesday, August 3 is a professional development day, with no students.
School Start and end times are as follows:
Elementary Schools: 8:15 am to 3:15 pm

Middle and High Schools: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm

All Mt. Pleasant Schools: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm.

Important 21-22 School Year Dates

Below you will find dates that Maury County Schools or Central Office will be closed due to holidays or scheduled breaks. Please save these dates for future reference. All of these dates are available on the 21-22 school year calendar at www.mauryk12.org/calendars

Last Day of School

Friday, May 20 is the last day of school, it is a full day. End of 4th 9 wks (44 days) and End of 2nd Semester, 89 days.

Meet Maury County Schools Newest Principals

For the 21-22 school year, Maury County Schools is proud to share these six new principals!

Dr. Cara Skaggs Named Whitthorne Middle Principal

Dr. Cara Skaggs will become the Principal at Whitthorne Middle School after serving as Interim Principal in 2020-2021. Dr. Skaggs has been an educator with Maury County Public Schools for 21 years, and while transitioning into various roles during that time, Maury County has remained her professional home. She began her teaching career at Riverside Elementary, transitioned to a literacy coach at Marvin Wright Elementary, and then served as the Coordinator of School Improvement at the district level. In December of 2021, Dr. Skaggs welcomed joining the Whitthorne Middle School family as their Interim Principal. Dr. Skaggs is a proud Middle Tennessee State University alum, as she earned her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees there.

Tonjia Potts Named EA Cox Middle Principal

Mrs. Tonjia Potts will be the new principal at EA Cox Middle School. Mrs. Tonjia Potts has been an educator with Maury County Public Schools for the past 28 years. She was a high school teacher for 23 years, ELA consultant for two years, Assistant Principal at McDowell Elementary for 2.5 years, and the Interim Principal at McDowell since January of this year. Mrs. Potts earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Middle Tennessee State University and her Education Specialist degree at Lipscomb University as a graduate of the first cohort of the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance. During her years at McDowell, her focus has been on creating a rigorous learning environment that embraces restorative practices and empowers students and teachers to build and nurture relationships with those around them.

Carol Ann Jent Named Woodard Elementary Principal

Mrs. Carol Ann Jent has served as the Assistant Principal at Woodard Elementary for the past four years and will be the next principal at Woodard Elementary School. Mrs. Jent has 19 years of classroom experience and ten years of administrative leadership experience. Mrs. Jent served as assistant principal at Riverside Elementary for six years and at J.E. Woodard Elementary for the past four years. During her time at Woodard, the school received Reward School status in 2019.
Mrs. Jent received her Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science degree, and Master of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama in Florence. She obtained her Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University.
On being chosen as the next Principal at Woodard, Mrs. Jent replied, "I am extremely excited to carry on the tradition of academic excellence at Woodard Elementary. Woodard has a wonderful group of educators, and I am honored to be Woodard's new principal."

Kevin Eady Named Columbia Central Principal

Mr. Kevin Eady has a long history in education and returns to Maury County as Principal of Columbia Central High School. Eady is an experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Mr. Eady is Skilled in K-12 Education, Customer Service, Coaching, Classroom Management, and Strategic Planning. In Maury County, Eady has held positions as Assistant Principal at Whitthorne Middle, Principal at McDowell Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Mt. Pleasant Middle, and EA Cox Middle School. From July 2018 until recently, Eady was the Principal at Hickman County High School. Mr. Eady earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from MTSU in 1995, his Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2002, and his Educational Specialist in Curriculum from MTSU in 2009.

Kinnard Named Battle Creek Middle Principal

Mike Kinnard spent the last two years as Battle Creek Middle Schools Assistant Principal and the previous six years at Spring Hill Middle School, both as an English teacher and assistant principal. Before that, he spent three years working for Cheatham County Schools both as a high school English teacher and principal. Mr. Kinnard has 17 years with Maury County Schools. Mr. Kinnard has also worked as a teacher and coach at Columbia Academy High School and Lewis County High School. Mr. Kinnard has coached baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and golf. He is originally from Columbia and attended Baker Elementary, Whitthorne Middle, and Columbia Central. Mr. Kinnard did his undergraduate and master's level work at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. He completed his Educational Specialist degree online through Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Kinnard and his wife Sharon have three children and ten grandchildren. His favorite hobbies include watching Cardinals' baseball and traveling.

In being named Principal at BCMS, Mr. Kinnard said, "I am both honored and excited to be chosen for this position. I am humbled to be following in the footsteps of Dr. Will Penner. He started a fantastic school I plan to continue to grow. I am excited to work with the most positive faculty and staff I have ever been around to help students. We will continue to focus on the student's social and emotional development for their future and excel in academics.

It is a great honor that the team involved in the selection process decided to place me in this position. I look forward to working with the Middle School Coordinator, Dr. Breckon Pennell, and Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael Hickman, as we continue to move forward in Maury County."

Melissa Harkreader Named Mount Pleasant Middle School Principal

Melissa Harkreader most recently served as assistant principal at Centennial High School in Franklin, TN. Before that, Harkreader served in leadership roles at Hillsboro High School (IB World School), Antioch High School, and Cane Ridge High School. Also, at Cane Ridge High School, Harkreader was the Smaller Learning Communities Site Coach. Harkreader started her teaching career in Maury County at Hampshire Unit School, followed by Davidson Academy, Hunters Lane High School, and John Overton High School. As a teacher, Harkreader taught business education and technology.

In a message to district leadership and the staff at MPMS, Harkreader shared, "I'm excited to announce I'll be serving you and the Mount Pleasant community as principal of Mount Pleasant Middle School! Although new to MPMS, I'm not new to education. I started my teaching career at Hampshire with family roots in Chapel Hill, TN. I taught for 17 years before transitioning to administration, where I've served as assistant principal in Williamson and Davidson Counties. It feels like I've come "full-circle," and I can't wait to meet all of you! Stop by the school any time in the next few weeks! We're going to continue celebrating the great things happening at MPMS and continue growing our kids! More info coming soon!"