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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05

NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: FEBRUARY 17, 2005

NORTHEAST REGION AND SOUTHEAST REGION PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR NAMED

Perquimans County Middle School (Perquimans County Schools) Principal Melvin Hawkins was named the 2005 Northeast Region Wachovia Principal of the Year. Gerald Johnson, principal of J.T. Barber Elementary School (Craven County Schools), was named the 2005 Southeast Region Wachovia Principal of the Year. The awards were presented during a luncheon ceremony held today in Greenville.

In recognizing the recipients, State Board of Education member Kathy Taft said, "High achieving schools are led by principals who empower their staff to meet their students' academic needs. The progress our public school students are making is a testament to their dedication to see that all children succeed." Taft added that North Carolina public schools owe a debt of gratitude to Wachovia for "helping the state recognize its outstanding principals and for valuing public education and its impact on our economy."

"These two principals are clearly passionate, talented leaders," said Tim Ballance, senior vice president and Greenville market president for Wachovia. "Wachovia is pleased to honor them for creating learning environments in which our children can gain the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their dreams."

The Wachovia Principal of the Year program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wachovia Corporation. In its 22nd year, the program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding principals from North Carolina public schools. Eight regional winners will each receive $1,500 for their school and $1,500 for personal use.

The State Selection Committee, chaired by the 2004 Wachovia Principal of the Year John Black, will visit each of the eight schools and then use the results of the site visits along with personal interviews to determine the 2005 Wachovia Principal of the Year.

The recipient will be announced on April 7 in Raleigh at a state luncheon sponsored by Wachovia Corporation to honor the regional winners. He or she will receive $3,000 for their school and $3,000 for personal use. They also will serve a one-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education.

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

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.