CMS taps principals to turn around Garinger, Vance high schools

Kelly Gwaltney
Kelly Gwaltney

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is redeploying two senior administrators as principals of underperforming high schools.

Kelly Gwaltney, who had most recently been chief school performance officer, will become principal of Garinger High in east Charlotte.

Kit Rea, currently a community superintendent, will lead Vance High in the University City area of northeast Charlotte.

Both schools are part of the Beacon Initiative, a fledgling CMS program to boost academic performance at consistently struggling schools. They’re also both part of the federal Title I program, which aids schools with more than 72 percent low-income students.

Superintendent Ann Clark announced both appointments at Tuesday’s school board meeting. She described the assignments as “tough.” In a formal announcement, Clark said Gwaltney and Rea have a “strong track record with turnaround schools.”

Both new principals have long and decorated histories as teachers and principals. Both at one time served as principals at Mallard Creek High before moving into administrative roles.

Gwaltney was Gaston County Schools principal of the year in 2006. She came to CMS in 2009 to lead Mallard Creek and was later a zone superintendent and chief human resources officer.

Rea was CMS principal of the year in 2008. She spent most of her CMS career at Vance.

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