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Chatham County School district making administrative changes

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County Schools Board of Education received information about several administrative changes during the regularly scheduled meeting on August 20, 2013. Earlier this summer, it was announced that both Superintendent Robert Logan and Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services David Moody would retire effective August 30. The Board named Dr. Derrick D. Jordan Interim Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year or through the date that a new superintendent is in place. Chris Blice, principal of Northwood High School, has been named Chief Auxiliary Services Officer. Dr. Justin Bartholomew, principal of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School, has been named Northwood’s new principal.

Both individuals bring experience and enthusiasm to their new positions. Jordan says, “Mr. Blice has served the Northwood High School community well as evidenced by the numerous academic and extra-curricular accomplishments achieved at the school during his tenure. Mr. Blice’s experiences at Northwood coupled with those in other districts will aid him well as he transitions into his new role.” Blice has been principal at Northwood high school since 2008, during that time the school made great strides in academics achieving two years as a School of Distinction, designations as one of the best high schools in the state (US News, Newsweek, Washington Post), and raising the ABC Composite Score over 22 points. Northwood has also celebrated tremendous success in athletics, arts, and activities.

About Bartholomew, Jordan says, “Dr. Bartholomew has worked across the entire PreK-12 grade span. He has done a solid job leading Moncure School and Margaret B. Pollard Middle School, both of which feed into Northwood High School. I am confident that he is well equipped to build on the solid foundation Chris Blice is leaving behind and that Dr. Bartholomew will continue to advance the academic and extracurricular standings at Northwood.” After opening Pollard in 2011, Bartholomew led the school to two years of School of Distinction designation as well as the state nomination for the Green Ribbon program. Bartholomew’s focus was heavy on reading, writing, math and technology access for every student. He leaves Pollard with excellent math scores, an expanded band program, strong clubs and athletics, and the first LEED Gold Certified middle school in the state.

Additionally, it was announced at the Board meeting on August 5 that Dr. Barbara Zwadyk will serve as Interim Assistant Superintended for Instructional Services.

According to Jordan,“Dr. Zwadyk’s background and experience will provide sound instructional leadership during this transition”. Zwadyk currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor and recently held the title of Chief Curriculum & Organizational Development Officer in Guilford County Schools.

Over the next few weeks, a principal selection process will be developed and shared with the Pollard community. These changes will take effect when the Pollard position has been filled either temporarily or permanently.

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