Waddell named Early College principal

Will replace outgoing Chapman

By Kevin Spradlin

HAMLET — Members of the Richmond County Board of Education approved a personnel report Tuesday night that creates 27 new vacancies in Richmond County Schools.

But a 28th vacancy is due to a transfer. Tonya Waddell, assistant principal at Fairview Heights Elementary School, has been promoted and appointed principal at Richmond Early College High School on the campus of Richmond Community College.

In addition to the resignations and retirements, there were 20 new-hires of certified personnel reported, along with two new classified employees.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 9.00.24 PMWaddell replaces Michael Chapman, who resigned earlier this year. Under Chapman’s leadership, Richmond Early College High School was recognized as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation on Newsweek‘s America’s Top Schools for Low-Income Students in 2014.

The Hamlet school ranked No. 247 out of 500. Schools were evaluated on college readiness scores, college-bound students, graduation rate and percentage of students at or below the poverty level in household income.

Waddell was an assistant principal at Fairview Heights for only a year, but Principal Joyce McRae said Waddell is “a life-long learner” whom she’s pleased was appointed to the position.

“I’m really not losing an assistant principal,” McRae said. “I’m gaining other colleague as an administrator. She is awesome. Sh has worked really hard this year to learn a lot about elementary schools. I can’t wait to see what she does for the students at Richmond Early College.”

Richmond Early College is a competitive school from which high school students are put on the path to graduate with a high school diploma and two-year degree from Richmond Community College in five years or less.

Last year, 192 students applied for Early College; 75 were accepted. The number of spots available varies year to year.

A selection committee looks at two primary sources — family income of the student in comparison with household size and the level of the parents’ education. The Early College program was started with first-generation college students in mind, and income is a key indicator as well.

Resignations – certified

There were 21 resignations of certified personnel accepted Tuesday evening. All resignations are effective June 12.

East Rockingham Elementary: Jamie Campbell, EC teacher

Hamlet Middle: Kinley Burden, ELA teacher; Kathryn Hilton, math; Lyndsey Kendera, math

L.J. Bell Elementary: Briana Bucklin

Rohanen Middle: Benjamin Bullard, social studies; Helen Maureen Murphy, sixth grade; Jennifer Reed, language arts

Mineral Springs Elementary: Christine Babashanian, Valnice Benoy, Penny Killoiugh and Kaitlin Hyslop

Monroe Avenue Elementary: Andrea Antinori and Shayla Croom

Richmond Senior High: Mark Arthur, PE; Phillip Horne, English; Terry Hutchins, English; and David McGuire, English

Rockingham Middle: Victoria Brown, EC

West Rockingham Elementary: Jennifer Maulding

Resignations – classified

Richmond Senior High: Frankie Gibson, CTE careers teacher

Central Office: Debbie Clayton, purchasing officer

Retirements – certified

Monroe Avenue Elementary: Janet Norton

Richmond Senior High: Cindy Floyd

Rohanen Middle: Gene Shutt

Retirements – classified

Ellerbe Middle: Sandra Ussery, data manager

Terminations – classifed

Ninth Grade Academy: Brandy Cummings, food service assistant

Newly hired personnel – certified

Each new-hire announcement is effective Aug. 18.

East Rockingham Elementary: Julie Young, replacing Kelly Strada

Ellerbe Middle: Katherine Bost as ESL teacher

Hamlet Middle: Rosa Basi as ELS teacher, replacing Daisy Lorca; Alex Gardner, math teacher, replacing Lyndsey Kendera

L.J. Bell Elementary: Alyssa Haywood, replacing Julie Currie

Mineral Springs Elementary
Angela Boyette, replacing Penny Killough; Jennifer Biereder, replacing Lauren Bailey; Charity Blanchard, replacing Valnice Benoy; Emily Cockrum, replacing Kaitlin Hyslop; Susan Kolean, replacing Dorothy Shutt

Richmond Senior High
Kyle Brubaker, English, replacing Sara Maser; Catherine Ray, math, replacing Angela Boyette; Steven Burdeau, PE teacher, replacing Mark Arthur; Sarah Garcia, math, replacing Leon Hope

Rockingham Middle: Bridgett Simmons, EC teacher, replacing Victoria Brown

Washington Street Elementary: Melisa Owen-Butler, replacing Brooke Billingsley

West Rockingham Elementary
Lindsey Frederick; Nakia McDougald, replacing Teresa Peele

Monroe Avenue Elementary: Mary Ann Ray, replacing Kathy Shelley

Ninth Grade Academy: Glynnis Hagins, replacing Rhonda Hall

Newly-hired personnel – classified

Central Office: Sekoya Anderson, IT technician; Jams Eddins, IT technician, both effective Aug. 3



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