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Landis losing principal, Haywood takes new job

By Kathy Chaffin
kchaffin@salisburypost.com
Marianne Haywood, principal at Landis Elementary School, has been appointed to serve as project director for the $1.4 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program federal grant awarded to the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
Haywood will begin her new assignment after the Christmas break. She will be overseeing teacher training, equipment and personal health awareness for students over the next three years to help improve their fitness and awareness about health needs and risks.
Rowan-Salisbury school officials will be interviewing candidates for Haywood’s replacement at Landis Elementary on Dec. 18, according to Rita Foil, public information officer for the school system.
Interviews for principal of Hanford-Dole Elementary are scheduled for today, Foil said, and interviews for the principal at Erwin Middle are Wednesday. Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom said she hopes the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will be able to fill the three positions at either its Dec. 16 work session on the proposed high school redistricting plan or its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 28.
Hanford-Dole Principal James Griffin and Erwin Middle Principal Ray Whitaker both announced their resignations last month due to personal reasons.
Griffin’s resignation was effective Tuesday. Kenny Isenhour is serving as interim principal at Hanford-Dole. He retired from the school system in 2007 as the principal at Millbridge Elementary.
Since then, he has worked for the Landis Police Department as a school resource officer at South Rowan High School. He worked most recently as interim assistant principal at Carson High School, replacing Alexis Cowan, who was named principal at North Rowan Middle School.
Cowan replaced Darrell McDowell, who was hired as the principal at North High School after Rodney Bass resigned to accept a job with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.
Catherine Hinson started work the end of October as the assistant principal at Carson. She completed a principal fellowship at Albemarle High School through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was an elementary school teacher in Stanly County before returning to graduate school.
Though Whitaker’s resignation is not effective until the end of this month, he has been on personal leave since announcing that he was resigning. Larry Brown is serving as interim principal at Erwin.
He retired last year as the assistant principal at Bostian Elementary and served earlier this year as the interim principal at Knox Middle until Rodney Burton was appointed to that position. Former Knox principal Gerald MoragneEl announced his resignation in September, saying he planned to move back to Maryland, where his wife and children already lived.
Contact Kathy Chaffin at 704-797-4249.

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