9/28/11 Former system principal tapped as assistant superintendent

Former system principal tapped as assistant superintendent
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 9/28/11     
Reprinted with permission.

   A former teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Alamance-Burlington School System is returning to become assistant superintendent for school improvement.

   The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education voted Monday night to approve Angela Bost Duncan for the position on the recommendation of Superintendent Lillie Cox.

   Duncan has been in education since 1995, first teaching high school French and coaching in Montgomery County before working as professional development coordinator at the N.C. Teacher Academy.

   While working for the Alamance-Burlington system from 1999 to 2002, Duncan taught French and remedial English at Graham High School and was an assistant principal at Southern Alamance High School. After a year as an assistant principal at a high school in Stanly County, she returned to the Alamance-Burlington system from 2003-08. During those years, she was assistant principal and principal at Eastlawn Elementary School and the system’s director of accountability services.    Duncan was director of outreach programs at The Hill Center in Durham from 2008-10. The center works with students with learning differences.

   She has been school transformation coach with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction since 2010.

   Duncan will begin in the job Oct. 10. Her yearly salary will be $120,000.

   She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with specialist/doctoral degree in educational leadership, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

   While keeping the number of assistant superintendents the same — at three — Cox created the assistant superintendent for school improvement this summer. That was part of her reorganizing of the central office after becoming superintendent July 1. Cox said the new position will be a key part of efforts to improve learning through more effective teacher training and classroom instruction.

   The board also voted Monday to approve Tony Messer as the system’s next executive director of finance. Messer, who is chief financial officer for the Scotland County Schools, notified the system today he won’t be taking the job.

   In a statement from Messer provided by the Alamance-Burlington system, he thanked Cox and the school board and said he regretted the timing of his decision not to take the job. Cox said the system “interviewed a number of highly qualified candidates for this position” and will focus on selecting a new candidate.

   The system’s current executive director of finance, Sandra Tinsley, is retiring effective Nov. 1.