LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln County Board of Education approved several administrative changes recommended by Superintendent Lory Morrow ahead of the 2019-20 school year during its June 11 meeting.
Samantha Campbell, the district’s director of high school curriculum and instruction, was named acting principal at North Lincoln High School, where Principal Mitch Sherrill was placed on paid administrative leave by Morrow last week.
Campbell’s career in Lincoln County started at North Lincoln High as a math teacher. She then served as principal of East Lincoln High School for five years prior to shifting into her current role in 2017.
The other changes involve the shuffling of four assistant principals.
Joshua Henderson, the assistant principal at Catawba Springs Elementary, will assume the same role at Battleground Elementary in the fall. The board has reassigned North Lincoln Middle School assistant principal Jason Cranford to replace Henderson at Catawba Springs.
Traci Melton will leave her post as assistant principal at Lincolnton Middle School to take over for Cranford at North Lincoln Middle. The board did not immediately fill the Lincolnton position. There’s also a vacancy at Union Elementary, where assistant principal Laurie Sellers, has been reassigned to Pumpkin Center Intermediate.
In other business, the district announced the recipients of its Innovator Award, which recognizes staff, students or community members who displayed their ability to think through situations, found creative ways to solve problems, were tenacious in seeing a task through, or integrated subjects that made students excited about the content.
Tasha Stoddard, music teacher at St. James Elementary, was recognized for restarting the school’s chorus program and organizing a talent show in May.
Another St. James staff member, second grade teacher Jami Hensley, received the award for painting a wall in her classroom to be used as a green screen, enhancing student video presentations. She was also recognized for her integration of STEM activities, including artistic robotics and stop-motion animation.
Danielle Krupa and Eddie Dean of Union Elementary were recognized as a team for cleaning up an outdoor area infested with weeds and transforming the space into a functional educational environment. Krupa then placed items in the area to attract insects, allowing students to examine the creatures in their life cycles in nature, and Dean built a barrel that’s used to collect rainwater, which is then used to water plants, teaching students to be better stewards of the environment.
The final Innovator Award was given to Lincoln County Schools Chief of Operations Eric Eaker, who was recognized for going above and beyond the duties of his position by helping facilitate a meeting between the staff at Asbury Academy and a parent to help their child get back on track.