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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: MARCH 10, 2004

PRINCIPALS VIE FOR TOP HONORS

Eight regional Principals of the Year have been selected to vie for the title of 2004 Wachovia Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year, René Corders, principal of E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, Cumberland County Schools.

The following principals were selected regional winners:

  • Western Region: Beverly Gregory, principal, Saluda Elementary, Polk County Schools;
  • Northwest Region: John Black, principal, Longview Elementary, Hickory City Schools;
  • Southwest Region: Kristy Thomas, principal, Wingate Elementary, Union County Schools;
  • Central Region: Paula McCarthy, principal, Mary Scroggs Elementary, Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools;
  • South Central Region: Mary Black, principal, Ferguson-Easley Elementary, Cumberland County Schools;
  • North Central Region: Patrick Rhodes, Jr., principal, Riverside High, Durham Public Schools;
  • Northeast Region: Trip Hobbs, principal, Cape Hatteras Secondary, Dare County Schools; and
  • Southeast Region: Linda Williams, principal, Bridgeton Elementary, Craven County Schools.

"Our students continue to make significant academic gains because of the strong instructional leadership in our schools," State Superintendent Mike Ward said. "I appreciate Wachovia Corporation's continued support in helping us recognize some of our very best public school principals."

The State Selection Committee, chaired by the 2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year René Corders, will visit each of the eight schools this month. Results of these site visits, along with personal interviews, will be used to determine the 2004 Wachovia Principal of the Year.

The recipient will be announced on May 6 in Raleigh at the state luncheon sponsored by Wachovia Corporation to honor the regional winners. He or she will receive a $3,000 check for personal use and/or professional development and a $3,000 check for their school to purchase materials or other equipment. They also will serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education.

The Public Schools of North Carolina and Wachovia Corporation sponsor the Principal of the Year Program.

For more information, please contact Aimee Worsley, Wachovia Corporation, 704.715.2005, or Janis Dellinger-Holton, Center for Recruitment and Retention, DPI, 919.807.3360.

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.