06/16/09 — Schools name three new principals

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Schools name three new principals

By Staff Reports
Published in News on June 16, 2009 1:46 PM

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David Lewis

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Cortrina Smith

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Dean Sauls

Three Wayne County schools will be led by new faces this fall, following two retirements and the closing of Goldsboro Intermediate.

Affected will be Rosewood Elementary, School Street Elementary and Rosewood High.

Both Richard Sauls, principal of Rosewood Elementary, and Dan McPhail, principal at School Street Elementary, are retiring this month.

Taking their places will be David Lewis, who is transferring to Rosewood Elementary from Rosewood High, and Cortrina Smith, who is transferring from the now-closed Goldsboro Intermediate to School Street.

Taking over at Rosewood High will be Dean Sauls, who has served as director of secondary education, health/physical education, social services and drivers eligibility for the last six years.

Mrs. Smith began with Wayne County Public Schools as a curriculum facilitator at Eastern Wayne Elementary in 2002. In 2003, she was promoted to assistant principal at North Drive Elementary, and in 2006, was named principal at Goldsboro Intermediate.

She has a bachelor's degree in communication from Georgia Southern University, a certification in early childhood education from Valdosta State University, and a master's degree in school administration from Georgia College and State University.

Lewis, who served as principal at Rosewood High since 2005, requested the transfer to Rosewood Elementary in order to broaden his experience as an administrator as he begins his doctoral studies.

He began his career in 1991 at John A. Holmes High in Edenton, where he worked as a teacher, and later as an assistant principal. In 2003, he came to Wayne County as an assistant principal at Goldsboro High.

Lewis has a bachelor's of arts in English education from N.C. State University and a master's of school administration from East Carolina University.

Sauls began his career at Central Academic School in Raleigh in 1976. In 1977, he came to Wayne County to teach at Norwayne Junior High. In 1987, he transferred to Charles B. Aycock High, where he taught and served as athletic director until 2003.

In addition to a master's of school administration from East Carolina University, Sauls has a bachelor's of arts in history education. He also is certified in secondary math and secondary social studies, as well as middle grades language arts, reading math and social studies. Additionally, his certifications include elementary education.

"These principals will make positive additions to their new schools," school superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor, said in a new release. "Their educational and administrative backgrounds reflect the needed character, experience, and leadership skills to effectively manage our schools."

The three new principals will begin their assignments on July 1, and will be officially approved by the Wayne County Board of Education at its July 13 meeting.