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6 principals complete leadership program

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SMITHFIELD — Six Johnston County Public Schools principals recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program, a yearlong leadership development program for practicing school principals.

West Clayton Elementary Principal Paige Barnes, Benson Elementary Principal Takicey Dunston, Innovation Academy at South Campus Principal Kelley Johnson, Clayton High Principal Bennett Jones, South Smithfield Elementary Principal Laura Makey and North Johnston High Principal Ben Williams were recognized for their successful completion of the program on March 13.

“We are proud of the dedication shown by our principals over the last year in completing the Distinguished Leadership Program,” said Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Ross Renfrow. “Their commitment to learning and leadership is second to none.”

This program is designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association and sponsored by the American Express Foundation through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development.

The program uses a non-traditional professional development model aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. It’s designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing online assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions.

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality,” NCPAPA Executive Director Shirley Prince said. “By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers.”

This program is offered in Chapel Hill and serves principals throughout the state.