Haralson County Middle has the Georgia principal of the year

The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals has named Dr. Brian Ridley, Haralson County Middle School Principal, as the 2013 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year.

The honor came after spending several years on the Department of Education's "Needs Improvement" list; last year Haralson County Middle School received recognition as one of only eight "2012 Breakout Schools" in the state awarded for dramatically improving student achievement. After a short four years at HCMS, Dr. Ridley successfully transitioned the underperforming school to one determined to break out of the status quo, but is quick to reflect praise and credit the dedication of teachers, administrators and students of HCMS.

"I am tremendously honored to have been named Georgia's Middle School Principal of the Year," said Ridley in the release. "It is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, students and parents. The best part of all of this is that people all over our state will get to see how awesome our kids are!"

"Dr. Ridley is a great example of what it means to be an excellent school leader," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in the release. "The dramatic improvement in student achievement his school has seen is just one of his many accomplishments as a principal, but it gets to the heart of why we're all in education â" to help children accomplish their dreams through a quality education."

Dr. Ridley will represent the state in the competition for National Principal of the Year.