The Wake County school board announced tonight they had replaced three principals who are part of a new program to help struggling schools and had also chosen a new leader for Southeast Raleigh High.
New principals were chosen for Barwell Road, Brentwood and Wilburn elementary schools while the principal of Creech Road Elementary was allowed to keep her job. They’re all part of the Renaissance Schools program, a new effort targeting additional resources at Wake’s four lowest-performing elementary schools.
The principals and teachers at the four Renaissance schools had to reapply if they wanted to keep their jobs, which comes with a hiring bonus and merit pay. Those who aren’t hired back or don’t want to stay are transferred to other schools.
The program is being funded out of the federal Race to the Top grant.
Ken Branch, the senior director for middle school programs, was named to lead Brentwood Elementary with a salary of $112,951. He was a principal at Zebulon and Centennial Campus middle schools and at Lynn Road Elementary.
Mark Tracy was hired to lead Wilburn Elementary with a salary of $78,935. He’s been a principal of Alderman Elementary School in Wilmington since 2007.
Sandra Barefoot was transferred to Barwell Road Elementary with a salary of $98,904. She’s been principal of York Elementary since 2008.
Catherine Berry was chosen to stay at Creech Road Elementary, where she’s been principal since 2010. Her salary is $91,591.
John Wall was named the new principal of Southeast Raleigh High with a salary of $121,915. He’s been principal of North Garner Middle since 2005.
Click here for the bio sheets for the principals.