Administrative Changes Headline May 15 Board of Education Meeting

Administrative Changes Headline May 15 Board of Education Meeting
Posted on 05/15/2018
Contact: Carrie N. Sterrs
Telephone: 410.632.5092

Newark, MD, May 15, 2018– At today’s Worcester County Board of Education meeting, several administrative appointments were approved, and administrative transfers were announced. The new assignments are effective July 1, 2018.

At the turn of the fiscal year, Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer Steve Price will transfer to become the county’s Assistant Superintendent/Chief Safety Officer, a newly created position dedicated to leading the school system’s safety and security protocols and practices.

Filling the vacancy of Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer is Dr. Annette Wallace. Wallace is a 15-year veteran educator who began her career in Worcester County Public Schools. Wallace, an alumna of the school system, has most recently served as principal of Pocomoke High School.

Pocomoke High School’s current Assistant Principal Jenifer Rayne will helm the school as principal following Wallace’s departure. Rayne will lend her over ten years of educational experience to this new role.

Current Stephen Decatur High School (SDHS) Principal Tom Zimmer will be transferred to lead Worcester Technical High School, following the announced retirement of Worcester Technical High School Principal Caroline Bloxom. Zimmer began his career in Worcester County 29 years ago, with the last 19 of which in an administrative capacity. Bloxom’s retirement brings to a close a thirty-year career in education in Worcester County.

Stephen Decatur High School’s new principal will be Thomas Sites, who currently serves at principal of Berlin Intermediate School. Sites has over 22 years of experience in Worcester County, beginning at SDHS as a teacher in 1996 and serving as assistant principal of the school from 2006 to 2012.

Current SDHS Assistant Principal Ryan Cowder will become principal of Berlin Intermediate School following Site’s departure. Cowder began his career in the county in 2000, beginning his current role as assistant principal in 2012.

At the Central Office, Snow Hill High School’s (SHHS) Jennifer Sills has been appointed Coordinator of Instruction for Science, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Marlyn Barrett, which was announced in February. Sills has taught in Worcester County since 2003, most recently serving as Library Media Specialist at SHHS.

Newcomer Dwayne Abt will become the Supervisor of Human Resources at the Central Office. Abt brings over 16 years of administrative experience in the Dorchester County Public School System. During his tenure there, Abt most recently served as Assistant Superintendent for Administration/Director of Operations following serving as Human Resources Administrator.

Several changes at the assistant principal level were also announced:

• Pocomoke Middle School Assistant Principal Bryan Perry will transfer to Pocomoke High School, filling the vacancy left by Rayne’s promotion.

• Pocomoke Middle School Assistant Principal Faye Williams will transfer to Pocomoke Elementary School.

• Pocomoke Elementary School teacher Robert Boyce has been appointed to become an Assistant Principal at Pocomoke Middle School. Joining Boyce is Pocomoke Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Melissa Friestat.

• Newcomer Dr. Curtis Bunting was appointed to become Assistant Principal at SDHS, following Cowder’s promotion. Bunting began his career in education in 1993, most recently serving as Assistant Superintendent of the Sussex Technical School District in Delaware.

• Snow Hill Elementary School Assistant Principal Dr. David Gell will be transferring to Berlin Intermediate School to fill the anticipated vacancy left by Amy Gallagher, who will be transitioning to another position to be announced at a later date.

• Current Research, Accountability and Testing Coordinator Karen Baker will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Snow Hill Elementary School. The vacancy in the accountability department will be advertised in the coming weeks.

“We are in the midst of great change here in Worcester County,” said Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. “We are blessed to have a deep pool of talented educators here. I know each one of these administrative changes will result in even greater educational opportunities for students all across our county. I congratulate them all and wish them the best as they bring their skill, knowledge and talent to this next step in their careers.”

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