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The Moore County Board of Education has named Tonya Wagner, the current principal of Southern Pines Primary, as principal of the new Southern Pines Elementary School set to open in fall of 2020.

The new Southern Pines Elementary School will consolidate Southern Pines Primary and Southern Pines Elementary into one K-5 school with a capacity for 800 students in the Morganton Park area. The new school is currently under construction and financed through a $103 million general obligation bond approved by nearly 80 percent of voters in May 2018.

In preparation for her tenure at the new school, Wagner will take over as principal of the current Southern Pines Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year. New Century Middle School’s assistant principal, Andrea Burton, will become interim principal of Southern Pines Primary. Current Southern Pines Elementary School Principal Dr. Dale Buie will transition to the district level in the role of Senior Director for Operations, managing the district’s transportation, maintenance and child nutrition services.

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“The new Southern Pines Elementary School will allow us to consolidate two aging and outdated schools, and offer our students a state-of-the art facility with the latest in technology, security and architectural design elements that promote learning,” said Moore County Schools Chief Officer for Academics and Student Support Services Tim Locklair. “It also affords the opportunity for some of our most talented staff to continue to develop in positions of leadership to advance the district goal of providing supportive, engaging and safe learning environments for the future success of our students.”

Wagner has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Eastern Carolina University and Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. She began with Moore County Schools as a math teacher at Pinecrest High School before becoming assistant principal at Aberdeen Primary and then principal at Southern Pines Primary in 2016.

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Burton has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Methodist University and a Master of School Administration from UNC-Pembroke. She began with Moore County Schools as a social studies teacher at Southern Middle, and has served as an assistant principal at Pinecrest High before moving to New Century Middle in 2017.

Buie has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from East Carolina University, a Master of School Administration from UNC-Pembroke and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. He has served in various capacities at West End Middle and West Pine Middle, New Century Middle, Union Pines High, Academy Heights Elementary, Cameron Elementary and has been with Southern Pines Elementary since 2014.

In an unrelated move, the Board of Education also named Robbins Elementary School Principal Kim Bullard as the district’s new Director of Exceptional Children’s Services.

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The Moore County Schools’ Department of Exceptional Children's Services is dedicated to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities to prepare them for further education, future employment and independent living. The department provides a full range of supports and services to students with a broad spectrum of abilities and disabilities to promote cognitive, physical, social/emotional and vocational development.

Bullard has been principal of Robbins Elementary since 2014. Prior to that role she has held positions as assistant principal at Carthage and Sandhills Farm Life elementary schools, and as principal at Highfalls and West Pine elementary schools. She has been with Moore County Schools since 2007.

Bullard holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education K-6, a teaching license in Special Education, a Masters in School Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

(2) comments

Kent Misegades

How many directors dues MCS now have that are not in the classroom? What percentage of MCS employees actually teach each day? Large bureaucracies cost taxpayers a fortune and do little to improve academic achievement. See non-government schools with their very slim administrations and high achievement as examples.

Jim Tomashoff

Kent is posing a clearly rhetorical question here. He knows everything about everything, as has been made clear in his dozens, if not hundreds, of comments concerning everything local, state, and federal government does (and they always do it wrong and too expensively, according to Kent). So finding out how many directors MCS has that are not in the classroom and what percentage of MCS employees actually teach each day, is child's play for him. But I would have thought that Kent would applaud how few MCS employees actually teach each day given that he thinks they teach the wrong stuff and, to boot, do so poorly. For him, that's all the more reason to eliminate all public schools. He's already schooled us to believe, like him, that anything government does that is also done in the private sector, should be abolished.

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