A new principal has been named for Goldsboro High School, with two other administrative changes announced by the district.
After a nationwide search, Christopher D. Horne, principal of Pittsburgh Milliones, a grades 6-12 school in Pennsylvania, will take the reins at GHS July 9, officials said late Wednesday.
The move results in the interim principal, Dr. Marcia Manning, returning to her former role with Innovative Programs. She will also provide administrative support to Horne during the transition.
Horne, who has over 17 years of experience both in the classroom and as principal, started his education career in February 2001 as a teacher at Schenley High School in Pittsburgh. In 2008, he was a founding math teacher at Pittsburgh Milliones and later served as mathematics coach at the school.
He took on an administrative role in 2010, as assistant principal at Penn Hills High School, his alma mater. He returned to Pittsburgh Milliones as principal in 2015.
His educational background includes a K-12 principal certification and being certified in grades 7-12 mathematics.
In making the announcement, Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Dunsmore said that Horne possessed the qualifications, references and proven track record to move GHS to the next level.
"We look forward to the longterm administrative stability that Mr. Horne will bring as principal, and would encourage students, parents and community members to come out for the meet-and-greet events to introduce yourselves and to hear firsthand his vision and plans for the upcoming school year," Dunsmore said.
Horne said he welcomes the opportunity to relocate his wife and four children to Wayne County. He said he intends to hold "meet-and-greet" events with staff, as well as other stakeholders, to introduce himself to the community.
"A major strength I possess is my ability to build positive relationships with people of all backgrounds," he said. "I believe these events will be the first steps in building trust, support and a unified vision for taking Goldsboro High to the level of excellence the district leaders and the community desire to achieve."
Tentative dates for the meet and greets have also been announced -- starting on July 10 for the GHS staff and a community version on July 11 throughout the day in different areas of the city.
Details will be announced in the near future, officials said. Horne will receive a salary of $119,000.
Meanwhile, Dunsmore also praised the efforts of Manning while serving as interim principal. She was named to the role in June 2017.
"I believe it is important to note that Dr. Manning has done an outstanding job as interim principal at Goldsboro High," he said. "The school has made important strides under her direction and leadership this past school year.
"During this time of transition for the school, we are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Manning available to support Mr. Horne with getting acclimated to his new role, and working with him to ensure successful instructional strategies can continue being implemented in the classroom under his leadership."
Other administrative changes approved this week by the Board of Education include moving two staff from Norwayne Middle School.
Principal Lisa Tart will move to the school system's central office, joining the curriculum and instruction department as the new middle and secondary curriculum coordinator. Tart has over 23 years education experience and has been in her present role since 2016.
Her career began in 1994, as an English/language arts and social studies teacher at Forest Hills Middle School in Wilson. She joined WCPS two years later, as an English/history teacher at Rosewood Middle/High.
In 2000, she was named assistant principal at Rosewood Middle and two years later, took over the role as principal. She transferred to Grantham School in 2006 as principal, where she served for 10 years.
Tart holds certifications in middle grades social studies and language arts, as well as curriculum instructional specialist and as a school administrator.
Norwayne math teacher Andrew Bass will join the curriculum and instruction department as middle and secondary math coordinator. Certified in grades 6-9 mathematics, health specialist and physical education, his career began at Norwayne in 2010. This past year, he was ranked in the Top 15 of the state's math teachers in their respective grade levels for student growth. He was also ranked No. 2 in the state for seventh grade student growth.
"We are excited to welcome these two strong curriculum experts to the department to help support principals and teachers across the district," said Tamara Berman Ishee, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We need to meaningfully engage students in the classroom and ensure that they grow academically. In order to do this, it is vital that we provide -- from the central level -- comprehensive support to help teachers and principals use data more effectively and bring proven innovative strategies to every classroom in Wayne County."
A replacement for Tart will be named at a later date. The changes for Tart and Bass will be effective July 1.