Acting on the recommendations of LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams, the Lenoir County Board of Education on Monday night named new principals at Banks and Southeast elementary schools and approved a list of other administrative appointments.
Veteran educator Susan Glover will take the reins at Banks, where she taught for many years before moving into school administration. Andre Whitfield, principal at Lenoir County Learning Academy for the past two years, will move into the leadership role at Southeast.
Glover takes over from Melissa Lynch, who returns at her request to her former position as the district’s Digital Learning Instructional Coordinator and coordinator of its AIG (Academically or Intellectually Gifted) program.
Banks is Glover’s third principalship. She previously served as principal at Moss Hill and Pink Hill elementary schools, where she also held assistant principal positions. She taught at La Grange and Banks elementary schools, spending nearly 20 years in the classroom at Banks.
“She’s a veteran Banks teacher and member of the Banks family, and she will do very well as principal there,” Williams said as the school board meeting concluded.
Whitfield takes over at Southeast afer leading the Learning Academy, the district’s alternative school, and spending four years as assistant principal at Rochelle Middle School. Prior to joining LCPS, he was an assistant principal with Clinton City Schools and a seventh grade teacher in Greene County. He is filling the vacancy created by the reassignment of Dr. Janet Blaubaum.
“He’s done a great job at Lenoir County Learning Academy and will do a great job at Southeast,” Williams said of Whitfield.
Also announced were the appointments of three assistant principals: Sheila West, a longtime teacher at Northwest Elementary and Woodington Middle, to E.B. Frink Middle School; Blaebaum to South Lenoir High School; and Christel Carlyle, a former teacher, curriculum specialist and principal intern with LCPS, to Kinston High School.
All personnel assignments were made effective immediately, although Williams said the transition for Whitfield could be more gradual since the district is still interviewing candidates for the Learning Academy position.
The district is also searching for a human resources director to replace Tracy Cole, who resigned to take a position with East Carolina University. Pam Heath, a retired principal who has stepped up several times to take on interim administrative roles, is leading the HR Department.