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Wake County Principal of the Year moving to different school

To loud chants of 'Go Mr. Fitts!' echoing around the school courtyard, Brentwood Elementary principal Eric Fitts, 41, takes in the high fives and hugs from his students in October after Fitts was named the Wake County school system's 2015 Principal of the Year.
To loud chants of 'Go Mr. Fitts!' echoing around the school courtyard, Brentwood Elementary principal Eric Fitts, 41, takes in the high fives and hugs from his students in October after Fitts was named the Wake County school system's 2015 Principal of the Year. hlynch@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school system’s reigning Principal of the Year is changing schools, moving from an elementary school to a middle school.

The school board announced Tuesday that Eric Fitts will become principal of East Millbrook Middle School, a North Raleigh magnet school that is revising its program. He will be paid $91,696 a year. His start date hasn’t been set yet.

Fitts has been principal of Brentwood Elementary School in North Raleigh since 2013. He was named Wake’s Principal of the Year in October, several months after Brentwood was named the nation’s second-best magnet school by Magnet Schools of America.

Student achievement has risen during Fitts’ tenure at Brentwood, where he started as an assistant principal in 2011. But Brentwood is one of nine elementary schools that could be switched to a year-round schedule in an effort to raise academic performance.

Also on Tuesday, retired educator Charles Langley was named interim principal of Laurel Park Elementary School in Apex, starting Feb. 1.

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