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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: OCTOBER 9, 2003

MAYNOR NAMED AS DPI'S SENIOR ASSISTANT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

Priscilla J. Maynor, Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent, today was named as the Senior Assistant for Communications and Information for the Department of Public Instruction by Superintendent Mike Ward.

Maynor, who has been with the DPI since 1995, has served in a number of positions with the Department, including as an Education Consultant for the Exceptional Children's Division in due process and parents' rights and in compliance before becoming a Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent in 1998. Maynor has served as primary ombudsman and has represented the Department on a number of councils and boards. In addition, she has provided leadership on a variety of special initiatives and projects involving interagency and community partnerships; early childhood; exceptional children; juvenile justice; safe schools; after-school programming; and American Indian and Hispanic education issues. She will oversee the Department's communications efforts for the next several months until a permanent director is named. The Communications Division includes public information, the DPI Web site, the NC School Report Cards, printing and publication sales, as well as public outreach activities.

State Superintendent Ward said that Maynor's strong leadership skills will be an asset to the Communications Division as it goes through a period of transition. Kay M. Williams, the former Communications Director, served eight years in that role and had been with DPI for 18 years. She resigned Oct. 3 to take a position with the Durham Public Schools.

Maynor holds a master of arts in special education and education administration and supervision and received a bachelor of science degree in special education from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. In addition to Maynor's service at DPI, her career includes service in the Public Schools of Robeson County as a principal, as a teacher and district supervisor for Exceptional Children Services.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.