This article was published in the Lenoir News-Topic.
The Caldwell County Schools hired another handful of new principals and assistant principals on Monday, reducing the total number of administrative vacancies in the school system to two.
A new worker for the Education Center, the district’s central office, was added to the fold as well.Michael Wyant will serve as the principal of Gamewell Middle School. Wyant is currently the assistant principal at South Caldwell High School.
“It was just a year ago that I came to Caldwell County and I have been blessed to be here,” Wyant told the school board and superintendent Monday night. “It truly is a family-oriented atmosphere in this county. I’ve enjoyed my time at South Caldwell and I really look forward to continuing the great things they have going on in Gamewell.”
Brian Oliver will serve as the principal at Oak Hill School. Oliver, a colonel in the U.S. Marines Forces Reserve, served as principal of Hibriten High School until he was called into active duty in 2012.
“I’ve had an incredible tenure, thus far, in Caldwell County,” Oliver said Monday. “It couldn’t be a better place to serve students and work with great people.”
Chris Greene will serve as the principal of Granite Falls Elementary School. Greene is currently the principal of Gamewell Middle School. His son attends Granite Falls Elementary.
“This is going to be an opportunity for something that I’ve always wanted, which is for my family to be very heavily involved in the school that I’m principal of,” Greene said.
Randy Scott Mann will serve as assistant principal at West Caldwell High School. Mann most recently served as an assistant principal for the Cherokee County Schools in Murphy and holds a doctor of education degree from Gardner Webb University.
Gail Handsel will serve in the other assistant principal position at West. Handsel most recently served as the assistant principal of East Gaston High School in Mount Holly and holds a bachelor of science in special education from Western Carolina University.
Oliver Carter will serve as assistant principal at South Caldwell High School. Carter most recently served as a physical education teacher for Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Fla., and holds a master’s in school administration from Appalachian State University.
Adrienne Dula will serve as assistant principal at Davenport Elementary School. Dula is currently the assistant principal at Gamewell Elementary.
Cathy Barlow will serve as assistant principal at Gamewell Middle School. Barlow most recently served as an assessment team program specialist for Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem and holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Appalachian State.
Phyllis Blair will leave her position as principal of Oak Hill School to serve as the district’s director of grants and the AIG (academically or intellectually gifted) program.
The school system is now two positions away from a full roster of administrators. Assistant principal positions for South Caldwell High and Gamewell Elementary are expected to be filled in August.