First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON -- Three central office employees whose contracts were not renewed last month, including county commission Chairman Johnny Hunt, have been reassigned to principal positions. But their salaries were not cut.
They were included in nine principal reassignments that the school board made Monday night.
The Robeson County school board reassigned Hunt, who was an assistant superintendent, to become principal at Prospect School. Hunt was principal at Prospect before his promotion to the central office two years ago.
Walter Jackson, executive director of auxiliary services, will become the principal at Townsend Middle School. Jackson was principal at R.B. Dean Elementary before his promotion to the central office.
Ada Evans, executive director of elementary education/pre-K-8, was named principal at Southside-Ashpole Elementary School. Before going to the central office, Evans was the principal at Janie Hargrave.
The board voted last month not to extend the contracts of Hunt, Evans and Jackson past June 30. The contracts of six other central office administrators were not renewed last month: Bruce Walters, associate superintendent of human resources; Fred McKinnon, assistant superintendent of human resources; Margaret Chavis, director of Indian Education; Caroline Williamson, initially licensed teacher coordinator; Josephine Locklear, tech prep coordinator; and Renee Hammonds, parent resources coordinator.
The board eliminated the two associate superintendent positions. Some board members say they wanted to make personnel changes at the central office before newly hired Superintendent Colin Armstrong takes office on July 1.
Walters, McKinnon and Chavis are scheduled to retire. But Chavis has filed a grievance. It is unclear if Williamson, Locklear and Hammonds will be offered their former positions.
Other principal changes for the 2003-04 school year include: Cazzie McLamb moving from Parkton Elementary to Green Grove Elementary; Deena Revels from Green Grove to St. Pauls Elementary; Wanda Ammons from Southside-Ashpole to Parkton Elementary; David Locklear from Prospect to Rowland Middle School; Molly Locklear from St. Pauls Elementary to Pembroke Elementary; and Jessie McCormick from Rowland Middle to South Robeson High School. Locklear replaces Larry Brooks, who retired, and McCormick replaces Carol Weaver, who retired.
Mary Templeton, principal at Tanglewood Elementary, also retired this year. That position will be advertised.
In other business, Chairman Mike Smith scheduled a 7 p.m. meeting Monday to consider drawing new attendance lines. Board members said that new lines are needed for some elementary and middle schools to reduce crowding at some schools and increase enrollment at others.
Public hearings must be held before any lines are altered.
The board will also discuss ways to spend about $9.2 million in bond money during the meeting Monday. The money is part of $65 million in construction bond money that it received following a statewide bond referendum in 1996.