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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: OCTOBER 9, 2003

STATE SUPERINDENTENT WARD ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW APPOINTMENT

As many of you know, Kay M. Williams, Communications Director at DPI since 1995, has resigned to accept a position with the Durham Public Schools. Kay was a tremendous asset to the Department and the State Board of Education, providing leadership in the implementation of the ABCs, the first stages of the No Child Left Behind legislation, and the first release of the N.C. School Report Cards.

Today, I appointed Priscilla J. Maynor as interim leader for the Division of Communications and Information. She will add this responsibility to her slate of duties as Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent. I believe Priscilla's leadership skills will be a strong asset to the Communications Division as we move forward with the many priorities of the State Board and Department. Priscilla has served as primary ombudsman for the Department and has represented my office and 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.

Prior to her service as Senior Assistant to the State Superintendent, Maynor held positions in the Exceptional Children's division and worked as a teacher and administrator in the Public Schools of Robeson County.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 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 Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.