The Fulton County School System has hired Dara Jones Wilson as the principal of Sandy Springs’ newest elementary school.

Wilson, a veteran of the Fulton County Schools since 1986, will head the new elementary school being built along Lake Forrest Drive and Cliftwood Drive. In addition to recruiting staff, one of her first priorities will be to form a community committee to develop a unique school identity, such as its official name, mascot and colors. The school opens in August.

Wilson is currently principal of Hillside Elementary, where she has been the school leader since its opening in 2001. She also was principal of Hapeville Elementary, a curriculum support and special education teacher at Hapeville as well as Fulton’s S.R. Young Elementary and the South Metro Psychological Center.

Under Wilson’s leadership, Hillside Elementary received “Georgia Platinum School – Greatest Gains” and “Georgia Bronze School – Highest Percentage of Students Meeting/Exceeding Standards” student achievement recognitions under the Single Statewide Accountability System awards program.

Wilson received degrees from the University of Georgia (B.S., special education) and Georgia State University (M.Ed. and Ed.S., educational administration and supervision). She begins her new position March 1.