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UCPS leadership changes for the 2017-18 school year

Aug. 22 Update: Raymond Singletary has been named Principal at Sun Valley High School. 

Singletary was previously the Mathematics Supervisor, serving more than 88 schools for Loudoun County Public Schools' Teaching and Learning Department in Virginia. Singletary is a former teacher, assistant principal, dean and Teaching Fellows Recipient from North Carolina.


UCPS has announced new leadership for the 2017-18 school year. Review the list below to see the UCPS leadership changes at both the district and school levels.

Leadership Updates
Central Services
  • Dr. Chris Barnes has been named Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He previously worked as Executive Director of Human Resources at Whiteville City Schools.

  • Dennis Covington has been named Chief Financial Officer. Dennis comes to UCPS from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where he worked as Executive Director of Budget Development and Management Services.

  • Dr. Charles Foust has been named Chief School Performance Officer. He comes to UCPS from Houston Independent School District, where he worked as a School Support Officer.

  • Jessica Garner has been named Director of College Readiness and Innovation. She most recently worked as the Curriculum and Global Education Coordinator for Cabarrus County Schools. 

  • Dr. Wendy Gravely has been named Administrator for Section 504 & Compliance. She was previously Principal of Wesley Chapel Elementary.

  • Renee McKinnon has been named Director of School Performance. She previously worked as a School Support Officer for Houston Independent School District.

  • Jay Parker has been named Chief Technology Officer. He previously worked as Director of Student Applications and Web Development at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

  • Mark Strickland has been named Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Operations. He most recently worked for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools where he held positions in Child Nutrition and Facility Services.

  • Dr. Jennifer Topper has been named Director of School Performance. She most recently worked as a School Support Officer for Houston Independent School District.

  • Blaire Traywick has been named Administrator for Fine Arts. She was previously Principal at Benton Heights School of the Arts.

Principal Changes

  • Dr. Candice Boatright has been named Principal at Benton Heights School of the Arts. She was previously Principal at Indian Trail Elementary.

  • Camilla Brothers has been named Principal at East Elementary. She was previously the Title I Program Specialist in Guilford County Schools. 

  • Gina Chisum has been named Principal at Indian Trail Elementary. She was previously Assistant Principal at Indian Trail Elementary.

  • James Eversole has been named Principal at Marvin Ridge Middle. He was previously Principal at Sandy Ridge Elementary.

  • Denny Ferguson has been named Principal at Monroe Middle School. Mr. Ferguson was previously Principal at East Elementary. 

  • Maxie Johnson has been named Principal at Wingate Elementary. Johnson was previously Assistant Principal at East Union Middle.

  • Dr. Jay Jones has been named Principal at Weddington High. Jones was previously the Principal at Marvin Ridge Middle.

  • Emily Kraftson has been named Principal at Sandy Ridge Elementary. Kraftson was previously Assistant Principal at Weddington Elementary.

  • Dr. Mike Henderson has been named Principal at Wesley Chapel Elementary. Henderson was previously Principal at Wingate Elementary.

  • Janna Licata has been named Principal at Marshville Elementary. Licata was previously Assistant Principal at Marshville Elementary.

  • Terrance Sanders has been named Principal at East Union Middle. Sanders was previously Principal at Heritage Elementary in Spring, Texas.


Posted: July 13, 2017