Tad Sherman will still be a principal, but his leadership skills will soon be utilized at a different eastern Wake-area school.
County school leaders announced Tuesday that Sherman, the principal at Wakelon Elementary in Zebulon, will take over at Rolesville Middle School starting Oct. 1.
“It’s probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Sherman said Wednesday. “I’ve got a lot invested in (Wakelon Elementary). It’s been a difficult couple days.”
Sherman will fill the position that opened when Dhedra Lassiter was named the new principal at Rolesville High School in July. Sherman’s starting salary will be $92,797.
Michael Chappell, a former Zebulon Elementary principal who has served as interim principal at Rolesville Middle since Lassiter’s move, will take on the interim role at Wakelon until a permanent hire is made there.
Sherman started at Wakelon in 2012. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal at Carver Elementary in Wendell.
He said he had not been looking to leave Wakelon, but that the opportunity presented itself unexpectedly. The Rolesville job was appealing, in part, because of his background teaching middle school math and science for three years in Durham and five years at Salem Middle in Apex.
“I have an understanding of a lot of things in terms of how middle schools work, but in the role of administration there’s always some unique things that are different,” Sherman said. “For me, I’m looking forward to the challenge of understanding those differences and being successful.”
Another perk, he said, was that he will remain at a school in the eastern part of the county.
“I’m proud to have worked in the east for the past (seven) years, and to continue working under (Eastern Area Superintendent) Dr. (Ed) McFarland’s leadership,” Sherman said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”
Sherman posted a detailed letter online Tuesday night, thanking Wakelon parents for their support and reviewing what he considered to be the school’s more notable accomplishments during his tenure.
Among those were an 11 percent increase in proficiency on end-of-grade tests for third through fifth graders, the formation of after-school clubs and participating in the N.C. Arts in Action program, an affiliate of the National Dance Institute.
“I just think we’ve created a sense of community in our school and within the Zebulon community,” Sherman said. “I think that parents and community members see us as a place where students can get a positive learning experience and that parents see students can come to Wakelon and be successful and grow and continue to be a positive part of the community.
“Knowing the staff we have here at Wakelon, I have no doubt the school is going to continue to soar, to make progress and continue to move forward.”