7/19/11 Several county schools still without principals

Several county schools still without principals
Five open jobs an unusually large number for this time of year
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 7/19/11     
Reprinted with permission.

  An unusually large number of schools in the Alamance-Burlington system are without a principal as the start of the 2011-12 year approaches.

 The top leadership position is vacant at Graham and Williams high schools, Woodlawn Middle School and Haw River and Smith elementary schools.

 The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education isn’t scheduled to meet again until a work session planned for Aug. 8. But the board sometimes meets apart from its regular schedule to address situations that need quick action. School system spokeswoman Jenny Faulkner said it’s likely the board will meet before the work session, but no such meeting had been scheduled as of Monday.

 Among the positions that are open:

  • Graham principal Jamie Defelice has been transferred to one of the assistant principal’s positions at Southern Alamance Middle School. The job became open when Gaye Sartin, a former assistant principal there, was named principal at Sylvan Elementary School. As a transfer rather than a new hire, Defelice’s move does not require approval by the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education, though it will be listed on a personnel report the board will be asked to approve.
  • The principal’s job at Williams became open after Nola Taylor announced she was departing to work for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, which provides support for school systems throughout the state.
  • Woodlawn’s principal, Diane Hill, resigned to take a job in the Rockingham County Schools, where she was named principal of Rockingham Early College High School. She had been at Woodlawn since 2008. Hill has a long history in the Alamance-Burlington system, having been an assistant principal at Eastern Alamance High School after teaching at Cummings and Williams high schools and Broadview and Turrentine middle schools. Her last day at Woodlawn is Friday.
  • Jeff Rachlin, principal of Haw River Elementary School since 2008, is leaving the system to be principal at New Hope Elementary School in Orange County. His last day was Thursday. Haw River is the only one of the schools with a principal vacancy on a year-round schedule, meaning students begin the 2011-12 year Monday. Assistant Principal Kathy Paramore is leading the school while the principal’s job is vacant.
  • At Smith Elementary School, the principal’s job became vacant when Wendy Gooch was chosen to replace Lizzie Alston as principal at Western Middle School.
 Superintendent Lillie Cox will recommend educators to fill the positions at Williams, Woodlawn, Haw River and Smith. The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education must approve the appointments before the appointments go into effect.