Twenty-seven years after Michael Pratt helped open Victory Christian Center School in south Charlotte, the private school has a new principal.
Cheryl Riley, a longtime faculty member, was promoted to chief administrator and principal when Pratt recently retired. Riley, who started as a math teacher in 1989, sent her three children to Victory Christian, which has about 350 preK-12 students.
Riley, a Charlotte native who graduated from South Mecklenburg High, is secretary of the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black Educators and has worked with women and students in a variety of community groups.
Victory Christian Center School has been a leader in North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program, which provides up to $4,200 in public money to help low-income families send their children to private schools. About 100 students there receive the scholarships, making it one of the state’s 10 largest participants and the largest in the Charlotte area.
The General Assembly recently approved a massive long-term expansion of the voucher program, which a 10-year plan to provide scholarships to almost 36,000 students by 2028-29.