CCS announces new faces in the principals’ offices

by michelle t. bernard

In a few weeks, students at several Catawba County Schools will be going back to school with new principals in place.
At the Catawba County Schools Board of Education meeting held August 7, the board announced the following changes for the 2016-2017 year, according to a press release.
Dr. Robin A. Honeycutt will be transferring from principal at Banoak Elementary School to principal at Webb A. Murray Elementary School effective immediately. This position was vacated by Mitzi Young Story who was appointed as the principal at C.H. Tuttle Elementary School the end of July. Honeycutt has been employed with Catawba County Schools for 25 years. He has served in an administrative role since 2003.
Story, who had been the principal at Webb A. Murray Elementary School for three years, was appointed as the principal at C.H. Tuttle Elementary School after the July 25 meeting of the Catawba County Schools Board of Education.
Teresa H. Ritchie will serve as interim principal at Banoak Elementary School until a permanent principal is named. Ritchie most recently served as interim assistant principal at Startown Elementary School during the spring of 2016.
Maria S. Ballard will be transferring from principal at Mill Creek Middle School to Director of Student Services for the Catawba County School system effective immediately.
This position was formerly held by Micheall Ratchford who resigned to take another position in Alexander County, according to Catawba County Schools Attorney Crystal Davis.
Ballard served as assistant principal at Maiden High School from 2003 to 2013. She has served as Principal of Mill Creek Middle School since 2013.
W. Rob Rucker, III will serve as interim principal at Mill Creek Middle School until a permanent principal is named. Rucker served as an assistant principal at St. Stephens High School from 2002 to 2006. He served as principal of Mill Creek Middle School from 2006 to 2013 prior to his retirement.
Deborah K. Pitts has been named assistant principal at Fred T. Foard High School effective Aug. 22. Pitts has been employed with Catawba County Schools since 2004 and has served a Math teacher at Jacobs Fork Middle School.
“The Catawba County School system strives to place district leadership in roles that best fit the needs of the students, community, faculty and staff,” said Interim Superintendent Dan Moore. “We believe that each of these individuals will do an excellent job in helping the district achieve its goal and mission. We are also quite fortunate to have retired educators that are willing to ‘help out’ in an interim capacity while the search for a permanent replacement at Banoak Elementary School as well as Mill Creek Middle School is conducted.”

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