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Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools hire Northside, McDougle principals

Coretta Sharpless
Coretta Sharpless

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board approved two new principals Tuesday – Coretta Sharpless and Bob Bales – for Northside Elementary and McDougle Middle schools.

Sharpless has been Northside’s assistant principal since the school opened in 2013.

She moved to Northside from Estes Hills Elementary School, where she also was an assistant principal. Sharpless previously worked as an administrative intern at Phillips Middle School, and a lead teacher, gifted education specialist and intervention specialist for Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Alamance-Burlington City Schools.

She has a bachelor’s degree from N.C. Central University and a master’s degree from UNC.

Bales also worked as an assistant principal, moving to McDougle Middle School in 2012 after serving as assistant principal and interim principal at Chapel Hill High School. He also worked as an administrative intern at Culbreth Middle School and a middle school math teacher, department chairman and basketball coach.

Bales earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s degree from Penn State University.

The latest promotions bring the number of principals hired from within the district to 16 out of 20 schools, officials said.

“We are fortunate to have an amazing pool of assistant principals who work very hard to prepare for principalships,” said Arasi Adkins, executive director of Human Resources. “We are confident both Ms. Sharpless and Mr. Bales will provide excellent leadership for their respective schools.”