Langtree Charter hires principal from Carmel Christian School

Van Wade, named principal of Langtree Charter Academy
Van Wade, named principal of Langtree Charter Academy Courtesy of Langtree Charter Academy

Langtree Charter School in Mooresville named Van Wade principal as it prepares to add a high school. The move is part of a charter boom that has triggered a school leadership shuffle in the Charlotte region.

Wade has been head of school at Carmel Christian School in Matthews, leading the private school as it grew from K-7 to K-12. He takes over Langtree, a K-8 charter school that opened in 2013, as it begins adding high school grades in the coming year.

Charter schools, which are public schools run by independent boards, have been growing rapidly in the Charlotte region since North Carolina lawmakers lifted the 100-school cap in 2011. New schools have opened every year, and some established schools are expanding.

Langtree’s founding principal, Joan Roman, has been hired to launch Union Preparatory Academy in Indian Trail, opening in August. Langtree and Union Prep are part of the Florida-based Charter Schools USA chain, which also runs Cabarrus Charter and will open Iredell Charter and Kannapolis Charter in August.

Carmel Christian has named Mike Long to take over as head of school in June.

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