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Five CMS schools get new principals

Observer Staff Reports

Five Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary and middle schools got new principals Tuesday.

During its Tuesday night meeting, the school board approved the appointments of these principals:

– Dina Modine, assistant principal at Elizabeth Lane Elementary, becomes principal at McAlpine Elementary.

– Ernest Saxton, at McAlpine, moved to Highland Creek Elementary.

– Steve Esposito, at Highland Creek, becomes principal at Bradley Middle School.

– Lauren Bell, dean of students at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, was promoted to principal there.

– Mary Sturge, principal of Reid Park Academy, moves to Devonshire Elementary.

Modine has been at Elizabeth Lane since 2004 and also has been an assistant principal at South Charlotte and Quail Hollow middle schools. She was dean of instruction from 2002 to 2004 at George Bush High in Sugarland, Texas, and was an assistant principal at two other high schools in the Houston area before that.

Saxton was principal at McAlpine Elementary since 2009.

Esposito has headed Highland Creek Elementary since 2009.

Bell was a teacher and then reading-science specialist at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary from 2008 to 2010 and then worked in CMS’ media relations department from 2010-2011. She became dean of students at Nathaniel Alexander in 2012.

Sturge had been principal at Reid Park since 2008.

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