Gary Duvall will become the new principal of Ligon Middle School in Raleigh.
The Wake County school system announced Tuesday that Duvall will start at Ligon on Dec. 2 with a salary of $99,788. He replaces Gretta Dula, who left to become principal of Sanderson High School in Raleigh.
Duvall has been principal of Conn Elementary School in Raleigh since 2015. Retired principal and former school board member Kevin Hill will be Conn’s interim principal from Dec. 2 to Feb. 28.
Both Conn and Ligon are magnet schools, meaning they offer specialized program to attract students from other parts of the county.
In his four years at Conn, Duvall has done things such as camp out overnight on the school’s roof after the community raised $30,000 to go toward the playground. Conn’s students and staff are spending the school year at a temporary location in North Raleigh while their campus on Brookside Drive undergoes a $44 million renovation.
Also on Tuesday, Kenneth Branch’s contract as interim principal of Brassfield Elementary School in Raleigh was extended to Jan. 17.