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Board of Education appoints new staff members

The Board of Education approved the following staff appointments at its April 22 meeting:

  • Adam Barabasz has been appointed Assistant Principal at Lufkin Road Middle School.
  • Daniel Burch has been appointed Assistant Principal at Fuquay-Varina High School.
  • Melanie Rhoads has been appointed Senior Director for State and Federal Programs.
  • James Weaver has been appointed Assistant Principal at the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.

Please note – This list includes new appointments. The board may also have approved contract extensions or modifications for employees to continue serving in their current roles.

Bus drivers compete in WCPSS Bus Roadeo

Wake County school bus drivers will compete in the WCPSS Bus Roadeo on April 24 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS educators honored

Three Wake County Public School System educators will be honored with Lara Jane Parker Awards in ceremonies at the Friday Center April 24. Continue Reading . . .

Xtreme Beginnings prepares students for success

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Students converged at NC State’s McKimmon Center from all corners of the county to get a peek into their futures. They turned out by the hundreds to participate in the 14th annual Xtreme Beginnings, an initiative by the Wake County Public School System’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

The idea is to provide students an opportunity to directly and actively engage with more than 200 business and community leaders. Students walked away with an understanding of what skills are necessary for success and productivity. Continue Reading . . .

Wake teacher resignations up significantly

An alarming number of Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) teachers have resigned their positions, according to data compiled by the school system’s Human Resources Department.  See the data here:  Teacher Resignations

As of April 9, 2014, more than 600 teachers have left their jobs since the beginning of the school year on July 1, 2013, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year. WCPSS, the largest school system in North Carolina, currently employs just under 9,000 teachers. Continue Reading . . .

Board appoints new assistant superintendent

The Board of Education named Brenda Elliott the new assistant superintendent for Student Support Services at its April 8 meeting. Continue Reading . . .

School board approves salary incentives

Wake County schools will be offering extra financial incentives to attract new teachers qualified for hard-to-fill teaching positions.  The Wake County Board of Education has signed off on providing a $1,500 salary boost for highly qualified special education teachers, and a $1,000 incentive for highly qualified teachers in math, science, health occupations and family and consumer science. Continue Reading . . .

Wake teacher attends conference of National Board Certified Teachers

One of Wake County’s newest National Board Certified teachers attended the 2014 Teaching and Learning Conference. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards held the conference to bring together NBCTs and education leaders to discuss education issues.

Austin James was one of 71 Wake County Public School System teachers who earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2013. James teaches at Millbrook Magnet High School.

Schwenker receives FCCLA Outstanding Administrator award

schwenkerSoutheast Raleigh Magnet High School Principal David Schwenker received the 2014 N.C. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Outstanding Administrator award. The FCCLA presented the award to Schwenker at its state leadership conference on March 31 in Greensboro. FCCLA is an in-school organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.

Thanks to Southeast Raleigh Magnet High Magnet Coordinator Kimbra J. Audette  for sharing this story.

WCPSS names semi-finalists for First Year Teacher Award

The Wake County Public School System has named 15 semi-finalists for the The Diane Kent-Parker First Year Teacher of the Year Award. Continue Reading . . .