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Four CMS schools will lose principals

Four Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will soon lose their principals, with two of them moving to lead new schools opening in August.

Rachel McKenzie, principal at Olde Providence Elementary, will lead the new Long Creek Montessori School, in the old building of Long Creek Elementary in Huntersville. The Montessori magnet will be separate from the neighborhood school in the new building. Martha Carpenter will be interim principal at Olde Providence.

Gina O’Hare, principal at Walter G. Byers School, has been named principal of the new elementary school being built near the Palisades development in southwest Charlotte. An interim for Byers hasn’t been named.

The new schools open in August, but the new principals take office March 3, allowing time for staffing and other preparation.

Trish Sexton, principal at Pinewood Elementary, has been named executive director of the district’s West Learning Community. Assistant Principal Natasha Pegram will be interim principal.

Brenda Stedman, principal at Briarwood Academy, will retire March 1. Ann Nivens will act as interim principal.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms
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