Butler principal moving; 2 other CMS changes

03/12/2014 7:47 AM

03/13/2014 10:56 AM

Popular Butler High School Principal Will Leach is leaving the school for another Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools assignment.

The school board Tuesday night approved appointing Leach to take over the new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center Early College at UNC Charlotte.

That program will give high-achieving CMS students a chance to attend high school on the UNC Charlotte campus. It begins in the 2014-15 academic year and is similar to the CMS programs at CPCC’s Cato and Levine campuses.

In other actions, the school board named Ronnie Mackin principal at Walter G. Byers PreK-8 School and LeDuan Pratt principal of the Math, Engineering, Technology and Science school at Olympic High.

Leach came to Butler High in 2010 after Theresa Hopkins resigned. Hopkins had replaced Joel Ritchie, who was principal at the Matthews school for its first decade.

Before Butler, Leach was an administrator at Alexander Graham Middle and Carmel Middle schools.

Mackin comes to CMS from Tennessee, where he was head of schools for the Achievement School District at the State of Tennessee’s Department of Education. Before that, he was a teacher and administrator in the Memphis area.

Pratt moves to Olympic from Garinger High, where he has been assistant principal since 2012. Before that, he was dean of students at Garinger for two years. Pratt taught in Union County before he moved to CMS.

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