With Tuesday being his first official day on the job as the newest principal at the North Carrollton elementary school, Harges said he looks forward to working with an impressive faculty and staff.
“I’m getting the feel of the building right now,” Harges said.
Harges was introduced in May as the principal to replace Laura Curry, who retired from the Carroll County School District after 32 years, 28 of those as principal at Marshall. Harges, 41, met with the majority of faculty and staff.
“Marshall has a great staff, it’s just a great place,” Harges said. “I look forward in continuing in the culture that has been established. Mrs. Curry ran a great first leg here, and she helped me a lot with the transition.”
A native of Grenada, Harges brings in an ample amount of experience in leadership and education. Last year, he served as assistant superintendent in the Leflore County School District and spent three years as the superintendent of the Forest School District. He also served as principal at Coffeeville High School and Bay Springs Middle School in Jasper County. Now at Marshall, Harges said he is no stranger to Carroll County.
“Being from Grenada, I’m very familiar with Carroll County,” Harges said.
A 1991 graduate of Grenada High School, Harges received a history degree from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master’s degree in education from Ole Miss. He’s currently working on his Ph. D as well.
At Marshall Elementary, Harges will oversee the school that has over 500 students. He said he is ecstatic to be surrounded by such a great team. He credits Carroll County Superintendent Billy Joe Ferguson for putting the team together.
“Mr. Ferguson has been a great help, and I can’t say enough about what he means to this school district,” Harges said. “When I came, the enthusiasm from the teachers was incredible and impressive. I look forward to working with this staff. There are eager and optimistic educators. “I’ve talked with them, and they’ve shared how they are anticipating the first day of school.”
Harges and his wife Alina are the parents of four children. Alina Harges is an educator in the Grenada School District.