Bertie principal vacancies growing

Published 10:32 pm Friday, April 15, 2011

WINDSOR – Bertie County Schools will be looking to fill four principal vacancies for the coming year.

Two schools in the district are currently operating under interim principals and two more will have vacancies between now and July 1.

Bertie County Board of Education Chair Gloria Lee said the district has already begun working on placing educational leaders for the 2011-12 academic year, but won’t complete the process until after incoming Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debbie Harris-Rollins takes office on April 21.

“We haven’t discussed it at any length because we just received the personnel report at our last meeting,” Lee said.

She said the current plan was for Dr. Harris-Rollins to work with Personnel Administrator Fannie Williams to review the information already gathered and decide what recommendations to bring to the board.

Colerain Elementary is currently under the direction of Interim Principal Clara Lee after former Principal Fannie Williams was promoted to Personnel Administrator for the school district.

The principalship of Bertie Early College High School became vacant when Bobby Occena retired in December. Wanda Cofield is currently serving as the school’s interim principal.

In addition to those schools, Bertie High School and Bertie STEM High School will be searching for a new principal after Glenwood F. Mitchell announced his retirement effective July 1.

Lee said no decision has been made as to whether or not the job will be separated and a principal appointed for each of the two schools Mitchell currently oversees.

“We haven’t made a decision, but we’ll be discussing that pretty quickly,” she said.

 Wayne Mayo is also leaving his post as Principal of West Bertie Elementary School after submitting his resignation, which will take effect on May 31.

Lee said her goal would be to see the positions filled from within Bertie County Schools.

“Hopefully, we will fill those from within because we don’t want to lose our people,” she said. “We have some good, smart people here and we will try to use them as much as we can.”

Lee said she believes the district will be able to move forward quickly after Dr. Harris-Rollins comes on board.

In addition to the principal positions, the district is also going to be seeking a More at Four-Pre-K Program Coordinator after Connie Richardson retires effective July 1.