BONIFAY – There will be a new face at the Poplar Springs school campus when classes resume this August as former Holmes County High School Assistant Principal Matt Tate takes on the lead administrative role.

The decision came when the Holmes County School Board met in regular session on June 6.

Tate will assume the position left vacant when Holmes County School Superintendent Terry Mears made the decision not to rehire Gordon Wells, who served as Poplar Springs Principal for a decade. Mears declined to answer on the record as to why he made the decision. Tate will begin the new position July 1.

School boards members also approved a recommendation by Mears to create and open a Transportation/Personnel Director position. The vote passed 3-2 after the position title was amended from Transportation/ Personnel Administrator with board members Shirley Owens and Sid Johnson voted against the recommendation.

In other items, a grain bin at Holmes County High School (HCHS) was declared surplus and traded for a pole barn to be built on the existing slab.

Two overnight trips were also approved. HCHS yearbook staff will be traveling to Auburn, and HCHS Future Business Leaders of America will be traveling to Anaheim, California for national competition.

Holmes County School Board will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on June 20.