Brown leaving Salisbury High for Mooresville principal job

Published 6:07 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2020

SALISBURY — Luke Brown is leaving Salisbury High School to take the reins at Mooresville High School for the new school year.

Brown has worked as principal at SHS for more than six years and said the position in Mooresville was the only other job he looked at during his time at Salisbury High School. Brown said he was not actively looking for another position, but a friend pointed out the opening to him. When he applied, he decided it would be a good fit and a new challenge for him.

“It kind of fell in my lap,” Brown said.

Brown said there are job openings every day in every district, and it took somewhere he thinks is special to justify moving on from the students at SHS. He still maintains a love for the Hornets. It’s a larger school, and that means a higher salary in North Carolina, but he said, “I don’t think it’s a step up per se.”

Brown said Mooresville is a lot like SHS because of the heavy community investment in it. Every student attending a traditional public school in Mooresville Graded School District goes to Mooresville High School.

“That is one of the things that intrigued me about Salisbury, the history and tradition,” Brown said.

Brown described himself as a fan of RSS Superintendent Lynn Moody and the district-wide renewal system the schools in Rowan County have taken on.

“I think it is vitally important we think about things differently in education,” Brown said, adding the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing schools even further in that regard.

Brown expressed his thanks for the time he spent in Salisbury and all the support he has received from the community.

“I wish Mr. Brown all the best as he moves forward in his journey as a high school principal,” said Superintendent Moody. “I appreciate all that he has done for the students he has served as Salisbury High. It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. Brown through the good times and through the difficult times.”

About Carl Blankenship

Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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