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6 Wayne County schools to get new principals

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on June 8, 2005 1:47 PM

Six Wayne County schools will have new principals this fall, as a result of the district's annual administrative reorganization.

The changes, which were announced at the board's meeting Monday, will be effective July 1.

Of the new principals, two transferred from other schools and one was hired from Charlotte. Three assistant principals were promoted, two were transferred, and four new candidates were appointed, including a returning educator who has been headmaster at Wayne Country Day School for the past two years.

The annual shift in leadership is done at the request of Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of schools.

Two principals from opposite ends of the county will trade places in the fall, each having served at their respective schools for one year.

E. Craig Uzzell was named the new principal of Mount Olive Middle School, replacing Catherine Eubanks, who succeeds him as principal of Belfast Academy.

Uzzell had previously served in a variety of positions at all grade levels, including assistant principal at Charles B. Aycock High School, Tommy's Road Elementary School, Southern Wayne High School and Brogden Middle School. He began his career as a physical education teacher at Brogden Primary, having received his degree in health and physical education from Louisburg College and a master's degree in school administration from East Carolina University.

Mrs. Eubanks has been assistant principal at Eastern Wayne Middle School from 2002 to 2004 and worked as a language arts and social studies teacher in Carteret and Franklin counties before returning to Wayne County. She earned her bachelor's degree in middle grades education and her master's degree in instructional technology from ECU and a master's degree in school administration from North Carolina State University.

Sylvester Townsend will be the new principal at Goldsboro Middle School, replacing L. Ray Bryant upon his retirement. Townsend has a diversity of instructional and administrative experience at the middle school, high school and college levels. He has more than a dozen years' experience in kindergarten through 12th grade public education and has also worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Colorado State University.

Most recently, he served as an assistant principal at a middle school in Charlotte. He acquired master's degrees in student personnel and school administration.

Former Southern Wayne and Spring Creek high schools principal Eugene Byrd returns to his former role after a brief stint last year as assistant principal at Brogden Middle School. He will take over at Eastern Wayne High School for Morris Kornegay, who is retiring.

Byrd has also worked in the Johnston and Jones County school systems and holds a master's degree in school administration from ECU.With the retirement of Sandra Scott as Grantham School's principal, the position will be filled by Tim Harrell, formerly assistant principal at Southern Wayne High and Carver Elementary schools.

A graduate of Southern Wayne, Harrell also taught there in the areas of physical education, health, earth science and agriculture. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from N.C. State University.

David Lewis, assistant principal at Goldsboro High School since 2003, will become the principal of Rosewood High School. Current principal Dottie Hobbs is retiring but will return in the fall as assistant principal at Brogden Middle School.

Lewis came to Wayne County schools from the Edenton-Chowan school system. He started his education career teaching English, having graduated from N.C. State with a bachelor's degree in English and later earning a master's degree in school administration from ECU.

Taylor made several other shifts in the roles of assistant principals including bringing back former Southern Wayne principal Eddie Radford to the role of assistant principal at Goldsboro High School.

Radford had retired from the public school system two years ago, then accepted the position of headmaster at Wayne Country Day School. Prior to the end of this school term, he had announced that he would be leaving the private school but did not specify his plans for the future.

Monica Farrer, former assistant principal at Norwayne Middle School, will become assistant principal at Mount Olive Middle, with that school's current assistant principal John Twitty moving over to Eastern Wayne High School in the same capacity.

Tonya Faison, formerly a teacher at Goldsboro High, was promoted to assistant principal at Norwayne Middle. Tammy Keel, who had been a principal intern at Grantham, will become an assistant principal there in the fall.

Other administrative retirements announced were Robert Everson of Eastern Wayne HIgh and Holland Hudson, assistant principal of Grantham.