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CMS: 40 principals in new jobs, more to come

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  • New CMS principals 07.02.14
  • CMS leadership change

    According to a memo sent this week, these schools will have new principals in 2014-15. Some changes were announced as early as March; more appointments will be made this summer.

    High schools

    Berry, Butler, Cato Middle College, Charlotte Engineering Early College (new school), Harding, Levine Middle College (new school), Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, Olympic math/science, Olympic advanced manufacturing (new school), West Mecklenburg.

    Middle schools

    Crestdale, Northridge, Robinson, Whitewater.

    Elementary/middle

    Berryhill, Byers, Druid Hills, Morehead STEM (vacant), Mountain Island.

    Elementary

    Bain, Blythe, Briarwood, Eastover (vacant), Elizabeth Lane (vacant), Greenway Park (vacant), Hickory Grove, Huntersville, Idlewild, Irwin, Lake Wylie, Lebanon Road (vacant), Matthews (vacant), Nations Ford, Olde Providence, Paw Creek, Pinewood, University Meadows, University Park, Sterling (vacant), Washam, Whitewater (vacant), Winterfield (vacant).

    Special

    Lincoln Heights.



Forty Charlotte-Mecklenburg principals already have new assignments for 2014-15, and nine schools still have vacancies, according to a report sent to district employees Tuesday.

Many of the reassignments have been announced, but the document gives the clearest picture yet of the scope of Superintendent Heath Morrison’s changes, which affect the education of thousands of students. It indicates more than one-fourth of the district’s 165 schools will have new leaders when school begins in August. The number could go higher if current principals are tapped to fill vacancies.

Candidates for some of the jobs are being interviewed this week. The school board will hold a special meeting next week to consider more administrative appointments.

Morrison was not available for comment, but CMS Chief Communication Officer Kathryn Block said there are more changes this year than last for two reasons: Six principals were promoted to higher leadership positions, and CMS is opening four new schools.

Each reassignment can trigger a string of moves. For instance, Joseph Burch was moved from Cato Middle College High to the new Levine Middle College High, another small high school on a Central Piedmont Community College campus.

Alicisa Johnson was transferred from Harding High, a full-size neighborhood/magnet school, to Cato. John Floyd, principal of Morehead STEM Academy, a K-8 magnet school, was named Harding principal, leaving the Morehead job vacant.

Block said the 36 principal moves made in May and June compare with 28 during the same stretch last year.

The other changes listed, made between March 6 and June 26:

• Regina Boyd, principal of Winterfield Elementary, was named director of the English as a Second Language program last week, leaving the Winterfield job open.

• Tara Lynn Sullivan, principal of Elizabeth Lane Elementary, was promoted to an executive director last week, leaving her old job open.

• Eric Ward, principal of West Mecklenburg High, was named to lead the new Olympic High school of entrepreneurship and advanced manufacturing.

• Casey Jones was hired from Innovation Diploma Plus, an alternative high school in New York City, to lead West Meck.

• Will Leach, principal of Butler High, was tapped to lead Charlotte Engineering Early College High, a new school on the UNC Charlotte campus.

• John Legrand, principal of Bain Elementary, became Butler’s principal.

• Tracey Hayes, principal of Lake Wylie Elementary, became principal of Bain.

• Brooklyn Bostwick, assistant principal at Pineville Elementary, took over as Lake Wylie’s principal.

• Paul Pratt, principal of Berryhill pre-K-8 school, was named an executive director.

• Cara Heath, Berryhill’s assistant principal, was promoted to principal of that school.

• Acquanetta Edmond, principal of Hickory Grove Elementary, was named an executive director.

• Jessie Becker, assistant principal at Thomasboro Academy, became Hickory Grove principal.

• Patti Johanson, principal of Blythe Elementary, was moved to Briarwood Elementary.

• Leora Itzhaki, assistant principal at Blythe, was promoted to principal there.

• Jeff Ruppenthal, principal of Mountain Island Elementary, was named to lead Huntersville Elementary.

• Christie Lyles, assistant principal at Mountain Island, was named principal of the school as it converts to Mountain Island Lake Academy, a K-8 school.

• Elaine Jones, principal at Lincoln Heights Academy, a school for students with behavioral and emotional disorders, moved to a job in the CMS exceptional children department in June.

• Katie Willenbrock, assistant principal at Lincoln Heights, was named principal there.

• Kathleen Richert was hired from Union County Schools to lead Crestdale Middle School.

• Christopher Bernard, dean of students at Druid Hills pre-K-8 school, became principal of University Meadows Elementary.

• Vanessa Ashford, principal of Eastover Elementary, was named to lead Irwin Elementary. The Eastover job is open.

• Paula Rao, principal of Greenway Park Elementary, was named principal of J.V. Washam Elementary. The Greenway Park job is open.

• Raymond Barnes, principal of Northridge Middle, was named to lead Druid Hills pre-K-8 school.

• Vince Golden, principal of Lebanon Road Elementary, was named principal of Northridge. The Lebanon Road post is open.

• Mike Miliote, principal of Matthews Elementary, became principal of Jay M. Robinson Middle School. The Matthews job is vacant.

• Beth Wardy, principal of Sterling Elementary, moved to Olde Providence Elementary. The Sterling job is vacant.

• Terra Kennedy, an assistant principal at Garinger High, became principal of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, a magnet high school.

• LeDaun Pratt, another Garinger assistant principal, became principal of Olympic’s math-science school.

• Kevin Garay was hired from Kannapolis City Schools to lead Mallard Creek High.

• Lynn Rhymer was hired from Cabarrus County schools to lead North Mecklenburg High.

• Beth Thompson moved from Whitewater Elementary to Whitewater Middle School. The elementary job is open.

• Ronnie Mackin was hired from Tennessee to lead Walter G. Byers School, a pre-K-8 school.

• Larenda Denien, assistant principal at Byers, became principal of Idlewild Elementary.

• Jaime Tecza was hired from Cabarrus County Schools to lead University Park Elementary.

• Alejandra Garcia was moved from the West Learning Community to lead Nations Ford Elementary.

• Danielle Belton was moved from the West Learning Community to lead Paw Creek Elementary.

• Natasha Pegram, assistant principal at Pinewood Elementary, became principal of that school.

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