New leader tapped for Hume-Fogg after principal takes state job

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:21pm
Staff reports

Paul Fleming, executive principal at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School since 2006, is set to fill a deputy assistant commissioner position at the Tennessee Department of Education, Metro school officials announced Thursday.

In his place, Kellie Hargis, most recently the principal at Bellevue Middle School, will move to Hume-Fogg to become that school’s new executive principal. Hargis, who has headed school counseling services at both Metro and the state, previously served a stint as Hume-Fogg’s assistant principal.

“Dr. Hargis is an exceptional educator with a record of leading schools to academic success,” Jay Steele, the district’s associate superintendent for high schools, said in a statement.

Hargis joined Metro in 2000 as a counselor at Stratford High School and later served worked as the director of school counseling services for the Tennessee Department of Education before returning to Metro as Hume-Fogg’s assistant principal in 2006. After a short tenure as the executive director of school counseling for Metro Schools, she became principal of Bellevue Middle School in 2009.

Fleming joined the Hume-Fogg faculty in 1994 before becoming executive principal in 2006.

Hume-Fogg is consistently ranked atop the nation’s highest-performing schools in Newsweek magazine.