The Wake County school board appointed a second principal on Tuesday for Lead Mine Elementary School amid complaints from some parents at the North Raleigh school about the current principal.
Kenneth Branch will serve as Lead Mine’s interim lead principal, where he will work with Principal April Hill for the rest of the school year. Some parents had created an online petition calling for Hill to be removed as principal.
It’s highly unusual for a school to have both a lead principal and its regular principal. But Wake school administrators said they wanted to make sure that the focus remained on ending the school year strong at Lead Mine.
Branch will receive a salary that, over a full year, would be the equivalent of $71,681. He retired in 2012 as principal of Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh after being named Wake’s Principal of the Year.