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Horton Middle School gets new principal

Posted Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - On Monday, May 22, the Chatham County Board of Education selected Mervin A. Jenkins to be the incoming principal of Horton Middle School. Jenkins currently serves as an assistant principal in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools at Chapel Hill High School.

Prior to taking that position in 2001, Jenkins worked in Charleston, South Carolina, at Alice Birney Middle School first as a visual arts teacher and later as the Site Director for the 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Jenkins holds a Master of Education in Secondary Administration from Charleston Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

His interests include motivational speaking opportunities to young people that incorporate the use of music.

Jenkins will join Chatham County Schools on July 1.

Pat Lane, Principal of Horton Middle School in Pittsboro, will take a job with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on July 1. Lane will work in the School Improvement Division with Technical Assistance Teams that assist low-performing schools in improvement.

Lane came to Chatham County Schools in August of 2002 to assume the principalship of Horton. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal in Johnston County and high school teacher in Durham Public Schools. She is currently completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNC Chapel Hill.

“I am pleased with the positive changes the students, staff, and families have helped Horton make during my four years as principal. Horton was recognized as a School of Distinction; student achievement improved significantly; teacher retention and morale remained high; and there were significant improvements in discipline, school climate, and improvement in the facilities and grounds. The positive working relationship I have had with the PTSA and parents made these initiatives possible. I know this special school will make great strides in the future. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of Chatham County Schools because I have learned so much professionally and personally. For that I will forever be grateful,” said Lane.

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