Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

Chatham County Schools introduces principal changes

Chatham County Schools has implemented several administrative changes as the new school year opened this week.

There are five schools with new principals in the 2009-10 school year:

  • Bonlee School – Daniel Haithcox moved from principal of SAGE Academy to Bonlee.
  • Chatham Middle – Tracy Fowler moved from principal of Bonlee to Chatham Middle.
  • Perry Harrison – Janice Frazier moved from principal of Silk Hope to Harrison.
  • SAGE Academy – Kim Taylor moved from assistant principal at Virginia Cross                 Elementary to SAGE.
  • Silk Hope – Chad Morgan moved from assistant principal to principal at Silk Hope.

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Education | , | Leave a comment

Beaufort school board member resigns

A long-time member of the Beaufort County Board of Education has resigned, citing politics involved with failing to renew Superintendent Jeff Moss’ contract, according to The Washington Daily News.

Moss will start as Lee County Schools’ superintendent Jan. 20.

John W. White Jr. announced his resignation last week from the Beaufort County Board of Education after 14 years at the post. He made the announcement via a letter sent to fellow board members and The Daily News.

White wrote: “I feel that I can no longer serve in an atmosphere where I perceive that the welfare and the education of our children are secondary to politics and personal agendas.”

I interviewed White for a story about Moss about a week before White decided to step down. At the time, he told me (off the record) he was considering resignation as an option for similar reasons that he stated publicly.

Moss still had time on his contract, but some school board members thought renewing it would show him the board was behind him enough to get him to stay on.

White told The Daily News he could not go into further details because of confidentiality considerations.

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Education | , , , | Leave a comment

Honeycutt retiring

Harnett County Schools Superintendent Dan Honeycutt is stepping down from his post after about 37 years with the district and more than three years on the job. I spoke with him this afternoon, and we’ll have a story about it online and in the newspaper tomorrow. Honeycutt decided to step down and retire in order to spend more time with his family and return to his past love of farming more.

His youngest son, Lance, also will be playing baseball for East Carolina University this spring, and Honeycutt hopes to be able to make his games.

This makes the second local school district that is searching for a superintendent, as Lee County Schools is also in the market for a top administrator. Both districts are facing the challenge of surging enrollment in the coming years, especially because of the area’s proximity to Fort Bragg as it expands.

Here are some facts about Honeycutt that didn’t make it into my story:

  • He is a graduate of N.C. State University and received his B.S. in Agriculture Education in 1972.
  • He is on the Board of Trustees for First Citizens Bank of Coats and Good Hope Hospital.
  • His hobbies include quail hunting, golf, watching his son Lance play baseball and
    working on his family farm.
  • When Honeycutt retired from coaching high school softball, he had the most wins record of any active North Carolina High School Athletic Association coach.

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Education | , , | Leave a comment