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Eldridge is the 2004 Principal of the Year

Posted Sunday, November 21, 2004

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On Friday, November 19, Dr. Larry Mabe, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools, announced that John Eldridge is the 2004 county Wachovia Principal of the Year. Mabe made the announcement and check presentation during a monthly principals’ meeting.

Left to Right: Board Chairman Deb McManus, John Eldridge, and Superintendent Dr. Larry Mabe

Eldridge is the Principal of Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek. He is a former Assistant Principal at Chatham Central and at Bonlee School and was an elementary teacher at Bonlee School and Siler City Elementary School.

Eldridge and his staff celebrated student academic success at Chatham Central earlier in the school year as the school became the first county high school to become a School of Distinction. 2003-2004 ABC state testing scores at the school reached a performance composite of 83.1 percent giving the school the title of School of Distinction. The school also met Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act for the second consecutive year.

“I commend John Eldridge, his students, staff, families, and community for their commitment to continually working to improve every aspect of Chatham Central High School. Their efforts are proving to be successful. On behalf of Chatham County Schools, I congratulate Mr. Eldridge on earning this honor. We are fortunate to have him as an administrator in our school district,” said Mabe.

The Principal of the Year is chosen in Chatham County Schools through a nomination, application, and committee interview process. Eldridge will now move on to the state level of the Principal of the Year competition.

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