Eric Fitts was named the Wake County school system’s 2015-16 Principal of the Year on Wednesday and Raleigh Bame was named Assistant Principal of the Year.
Fitts has been principal of Brentwood Elementary School in North Raleigh since 2013, during which test scores have risen and Brentwood was named the nation’s second-best magnet school in April. Fitts was an assistant principal at Wendell Middle School before coming to Brentwood in 2011 as an assistant principal.
“(Brentwood’s administrators and teachers) are open, honest and very insightful with me about structures, policies and initiatives we have at school,” Fitts said in a statement.
Both Fitts and Brentwood will receive $1,000 awards. He will enter the state's Principal of the Year competition.
The other Principal of the Year finalists were Kelly Aman of West Millbrook Middle, Shane Barham of Wendell Elementary, Scott Lyons of Enloe High and Steve Moore of Fuquay-Varina Elementary.
Bame has been assistant principal of Mills Park Elementary School in Cary since 2013. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at Sanderson and Green Hope high schools and taught at Daniels and Davis Drive middle schools.
She receives a prize package that includes a $500 check.
The other Assistant Principal of the Year finalists were Ruth Ann Freeman of Bugg Elementary, Melissa McKinley of Fox Road Elementary, Jennifer Palmer of Wendell Middle and Steven Ross of Middle Creek High.