Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn County's New Superintendent Looking Forward to Starting School; Now That He's Official, Michael Bull Hopes to Begin His Job by Aug. 1

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn County's New Superintendent Looking Forward to Starting School; Now That He's Official, Michael Bull Hopes to Begin His Job by Aug. 1

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK -- Michael Bull signed the contract Tuesday to become superintendent of the Glynn County School District, then spent time visiting with his new colleagues and business leaders.

The county Board of Education voted Monday night to offer Bull a three-year contract, which is the maximum length allowed under Georgia law.

Bull, a school administrator from Gainesville, Ga., signed the contract during an informal gathering at school district headquarters attended by about 150 school system employees, as well as leaders and members of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.

"It is a fantastic opportunity to be here," Bull told the crowd. "I look forward to all of the opportunities and challenges. And I look forward to getting to know all of you and the school system."

Bull said he hopes to start by Aug. 1. He wants to develop a relationship with board members and school employees and wants to meet many others in the community.

"People are going to make the system a success, not programs," Bull said.

Bull said he plans to bring the successful eight-step student achievement program he initiated in Gainesville to Glynn County.

Meanwhile, he will join other Gainesville administrators meeting today with Gov. Sonny Perdue and state education officials in Atlanta to discuss using that program in all Georgia public schools.

Although an educator for 30 years, this is Bull's first superintendency. It also is the first time Bull has worked in a system as large as Glynn County, which has about 12,000 students.

Bull's annual salary will be $144,000 plus benefits, including an annuity totaling $22,500 over the three years, according to the contract.

He will also receive $500 per month to help defray district-releated travel expenses.

Board member Mike Hulsey called the board's choice a good investment.

"Dr. Bull brings good strong leadership to our district," Hulsey said. …

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