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Two Wake high schools are losing their principals, but Green Hope High has a new leader

Panther Creek’s Dr. Camille Hedrick named PTA Principal of the Year

Video: Panther Creek High School principal Dr. Camille Hedrick was named the North Carolina PTA Principal of the Year award. Hedrick talks about her motivation and the challenges of her job. She also reflects on the death of her husband James Hedr
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Video: Panther Creek High School principal Dr. Camille Hedrick was named the North Carolina PTA Principal of the Year award. Hedrick talks about her motivation and the challenges of her job. She also reflects on the death of her husband James Hedr

Green Hope High School is getting a familiar name to be its next leader.

Camille Hedrick was announced Tuesday night as the new principal of Green Hope High in Cary. She’ll start July 1 with a salary of $156,603. Her late husband, Jim Hedrick, had been Green Hope’s principal for nine years until 2014.

Camille Hedrick has been principal of nearby Panther Creek High School in Cary since 2014. She was named N.C. PTA Principal of the Year in 2017, less than a year after Jim Hedrick died unexpectedly.

Hedrick replaces Karen Summers, who left Green Hope to become principal of the new Green Level High School in Cary.

Panther Creek isn’t the only Wake County high school that needs a new leader.

On Tuesday, the Wake County school board extended Kevin Hill’s contract as interim principal of Knightdale High School to June 30. Hill, a retired principal and former Wake school board member, has led Knightdale High since principal Jim Argent went on medical leave earlier this month.

Argent, who has led Knightdale High since 2014, won’t return to the school.

In other news Tuesday:

Aaron Marcin was named the new principal of East Millbrook Middle School in Raleigh. He’ll start April 29 with a salary of $101,755. He replaces Eric Fitts, who is now Wake’s senior director for middle school programs.

Marcin has been principal of Lead Mine Elementary School in Raleigh since 2015. Kenneth Branch will come out of retirement to serve as Lead Mine’s interim principal through the end of the school year.

H. Allen Ellzey was named interim principal of Holly Ridge Middle School in Holly Springs from May 6 to June 30. Ellzey replaces Emily Mountford, who will become senior director in Wake’s Office of Professional Learning.

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T. Keung Hui has covered K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. His primary focus is Wake County, but he also covers statewide education issues.
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