Rowland town board greet 2 new principals
ROWLAND — Town commissioners on Tuesday were introduced to two new principals, at South Robeson High and Southside Ashpole Elementary schools.
Chris Clark, principal at South Robeson High School, and Christina McMillan, principal at Southside Ashpole Elementary School, were introduced to the Rowland Board of Commissioners by Shanita Wooten, principal at Rowland Middle School.
“My first three weeks at Ashpole have been very welcoming,” McMillan said. “I feel almost at home.”
McMillan said she has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, including four years as the assistant principal for Red Springs High School and two years as principal of Magnolia Elementary in Lumberton.
“I’m excited to embark upon this new opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the community as well as for the children at Southside Ashpole,” she said. “I’m here to support the community … and to do what’s best for the students at Southside Ashpole.”
Clark is replacing Larry Brooks at South Robeson, a move that drew some protests from the community.
“I’m excited about being at the high school,” Clark said. “We’ve just finished with our master schedule and we’re in the process of changing individual student schedules so we have those ready on open house day … .”
Clark, who recently earned a doctorate in Curriculum Instruction, has worked as testing director for the county and as an assistant principal at Red Springs Middle School.
“I’m glad I’m here,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to continue learning for myself at the high school and I look forward to working with you to try to provide our students with the best education that we can so they become successful students.”
Also on Tuesday, the board approved the use of the Senior Citizens Nutrition Site as a meeting place for Tyrone Miles’ nonprofit and its teen pregnancy prevention program. Commissioner M.C. Shooter made the motion to allow Miles to hold weekly meetings at the site at no cost on a three-month trial basis after Commissioner Paul Hunt recommended it.
Shooter said Miles would be able to continue using the building after the trial period if the board does not receive any complaints from the community.
In other action, the board gave Robeson County Community Development Corporation 60 instead of 90 days to bring the building at 117 W. Main St. up to code after hearing from Gayle Fernandez, executive director of the organization.
Fernandez said the organization has been unable to do repairs on the building because of the lack of money.
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