Schools make personnel moves
The Johnston County public schools recently made the following personnel moves:
New principals – Christopher B. Kennedy, South Campus Community Middle, formerly an assistant principal at Smithfield-Selma High School; Janet Lebo – Cooper Elementary, formerly an assistant principal at Cooper; Suzanne Phillips Mitchell, Selma Elementary, formerly an assistant principal at Selma; and Christie Dawn Turner, Glendale-Kenly Elementary, formerly an assistant principal at Cleveland Elementary
Central Office – William Ray Stott, director of athletics and student activities, formerly principal of Johnston County Middle College; Dawn Alligood, director of middle grades education, formerly principal of Dixon Road Elementary; and Nathanael Shelton, communications coordinator, formerly news editor at the Kenly News.
Principal transfers – Kenneth Bennett, to Dixon Road Elementary from South Campus Community Middle; Denise Benson Byrd, Polenta Elementary from Principal at Selma Elementary; Maureen Ann Hanahue, Cleveland Elementary from Cooper Elementary; Barretta Shronda Haynes, Johnston County Middle College High School from McGee’s Crossroads Middle School; Chad Jewett, McGee’s Crossroads Middle from West Smithfield Elementary; Deborah P. Johnson, Benson Elementary from Polenta Elementary; and Tandra Batchelor-Mapp, West Smithfield Elementary from Glendale-Kenly Elementary.
Assistant principal interns – Denise Adler, McGee’s Crossroads Middle; Paige Avery Barnes, River Dell Elementary; Dana Jernigan, South Johnston High; Jennifer McClure, Micro-Pine Level Elementary; Donna B. Moore, West View Elementary; Thomas J. Presti, Clayton Middle; and Daniel “Cole” Yarborough, Cleveland High.
Excellence in math
The U.S. Achievement Academy has recognized Hope Lynnette Rawls of Selma for excellence in mathematics.
Rawls attends Archer Lodge Middle School, where she was nominated for the honor by teacher Cole Yarborough. Her name will appeal in the U.S. Achievement Academy yearbook, which is published nationally.
Rawls is the daughter of Dale and Annette Rawls of Selma. She is the granddaughter of Joseph and Margaret Rawls of Clayton and Harold and Gloria Sherman of Garner.
Don Byrd receives scholarship
Don Byrd, a June graduate of West Johnston High School, has received a $2,000 John Deere Dealer scholarship.
At West Johnston, Byrd was president of the FFA chapter and one of 15 FFA members to represent North Carolina at the national convention. He is currently a candidate for state FFA officer.
Byrd plans to use the scholarship to pursue a degree in business at UNC-Chapel Hill.
He is the son of Donald and Denise Byrd of the McGee’s Crossroads community. He is the grandson of Bennie and Delores Benson of McGee’s Crossroads, Mary Lou Byrd of Four Oaks and the late Bill Byrd.
Schools receive Sunny Award
The Johnston County school system has received a Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. The Sunshine Review analyzes government websites and grades each on such information as budgets, meetings and public records.
Employees of the Month
The Johnston County school system has named its latest Employees of the Month. They are Shannon McCleave, who provides workers’ comp support for the schools, and Wendy Hargis, who teaches first grade at Princeton Elementary School.
McCleave’s nominator said: “Sharing an office area with her for months over the winter; I was able to witness first-hand how much she handles on a daily basis regarding workers’ comp. I feel she truly loves assisting our employees with all their questions and concerns.”
Hargis’ nomination read: “Mrs. Hargis began her career as a teacher assistant and bus driver many years ago. After discovering that she loved working with children, she attended Barton College and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education while continuing to work as a teacher assistant and bus driver.”