East Gadsden High School has a new principal. Melvin Roberts has taken over the reins of the county’s largest high school.
Roberts, from Baldwin, has an extensive educational background. He has served as a guidance counselor and taught in Taylor and Jefferson counties as well as Thompson, and Augusta, Georgia, before entering into administration.
As an administrator Roberts has been assistant principal at Madison High School and principal at Madison County Central, Greenville Elementary and Jefferson County Elementary.
A Florida A&M graduate, Roberts went to school on an ROTC scholarship. After graduation he was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corp.
He transfered into the 82nd Airborne’s Rapid Deployment Force before leaving the Army as a Captain to start his educational career.
Concerning his new job as principal of East Gadsden, Roberts said he was impressed with the facility.
“I appreciate the academies,” he said refering to the school’s academies in the health sciences, bio-tech programs and law enforcement.
He was excited about the law enforcement academy being one of the first such programs in a high school in the nation.
Concerning the teachers at East Gadsden, Roberts said he was happy to see the enthusiasm that they bring to the school and he was looking forward to working with them.
Some of his administrative staff, he said, was new as well and he was excited to put all the new energy together for the next year.
Concerning school grades, Roberts said he would continue to build on the academic accomplishments that have been made in the past.
Discipline is a challenge facing all administrators and for Roberts his plans include enforcing the code of student conduct.
“I am a strict disciplinarian and I am going to adhere to the student code of conduct,” he said, adding that document has been tried and tested and it works.
During his career, Roberts held the position of Academic Advisor for the Florida A&M University athletics department and coached at Madison High School.
He said athletics were an integral part of high school.
This year, the East Gadsden athletic department has several new coaches and Roberts said he was excited about the upcoming sports year.
“I am a strong supporter of the athletic programs here at East Gadsden,” he said.
Roberts is a supporter of the band as well, saying that like sports it helps to build character.
Students will be back in the classroom on Monday, August 19, and Roberts said he was excited about the new year and meeting the students.