The Lenoir County Board of Education has approved recommendations by LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams for filling several key senior staff vacancies created by retirement.
The personnel changes and new hires, approved by the school board at its meeting Monday, June 5, will shift two current administrators into leadership roles in human resources and in testing and accountability and will bring two other veteran educators into district-level positions as curriculum directors.
All the changes result from retirements. Robin Roberson, human resources director since 2005 who started with LCPS in 1983 as a business teacher, is leaving her job June 30 after 34 years in education. Becky Whittington, who also started with LCPS as a business teacher in 1987, is retiring effective June 30 after 12 years leading the testing and accountability office. Dr. Amanda Bullard, who joined LCPS as principal of La Grange Elementary in 2015, retired as director of elementary education earlier this year.
Named as the new human resources director, effective July 1, was Tracy Cole, currently director of middle grades education, one of three directorships in the curriculum department.
Cole came to LCPS a year ago after working for two decades in public education in Pitt County. A former elementary school teacher and principal of both middle and elementary schools there, she was named Pitt County Principal of the Year in 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro and, in 2002, a Master of School Administration degree from East Carolina University.
Brian Corey, principal at Kinston High School, will assume testing and accountability duties July 1. A former principal at E.B. Frink Middle School in La Grange, Corey started with LCPS nine years ago as a teacher at Rochelle Middle and also served as an assistant principal and interim principal at Kinston High. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master of school administration degree from East Carolina University.
Hired to replace Cole as director of middle grades education was Dr. Amelia McLeod, who has worked for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction since 2010 as a school transformation coach and administrator.
A former teacher and principal in Johnston County, McLeod began her career in education as a social studies teacher in Pitt County in 1987. She earned her PhD. in curriculum and instruction from N.C. State University in 2001 and holds bachelor and master’s degrees from East Carolina University.
Dr. Deb Winings, who came to LCPS this year as curriculum coach at Southeast and Northeast elementary schools, will begin her new job as director of elementary education on July 1, filling the position vacated by Bullard.
A teacher and principal since 1983, she spent 25 years in public education in New Hampshire before moving to North Carolina last November. She was awarded a doctorate of arts in transformational leadership from Franklin Pierce College in 2008 and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock State College and advanced degrees in school administration from Notre Dame College and Plymouth State University.
“These administrative team members bring a great deal of leadership experience and instructional development skills,” Williams said. “They represent a continued commitment from Lenoir County Public Schools to pursue aggressively and strategically a path of continuous improvement in order to produce true educational excellence for all of our stakeholders.”
LCPS will begin soliciting applications immediately for the position of Kinston High principal and present a candidate to the school board for approval at its next regular meeting, according to the superintendent.