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Bugg Elementary speakers lobby school board to keep principal

Speakers from Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh urged the Wake County school board on Tuesday to let them keep their principal before she was transferred later that evening to another school.

Johneka Williams became principal of Bugg Elementary, a magnet school in Southeast Raleigh, in 2014 after having been principal of Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School in Rock Hill, S.C. Williams was transferred Tuesday to Middle Creek High School near Apex to become an assistant principal.

Tara Robinson, a Bugg parent, told the board that parents feel that Williams “really embodies what the school needs to help the school and move the children forward to reach their maximum potential.” Robinson, speaking during the public comment section, said she was speaking on behalf of several parents who couldn’t come due to scheduling conflicts.

”I at least wanted for the board to know that there are lot of parents that are really upset knowing that Ms. Williams will not be with us,” Robinson said. “And if there’s any way that Bugg can keep Ms. Williams on to continue to move the children forward, I think that would be something that all of the parents would love to happen.”

Stacey Hill, who has taught at Bugg for 14 years, said she was echoing Robinson’s comments. Hill said she was representing several staff members who couldn’t come due to scheduling conflicts.

“I would like for you guys to consider keeping Ms. Williams to help us move forward at Bugg,” Hill said.

Williams’ transfer was announced by the board after coming out of closed session. As a personnel matter, no reason was no given for the transfer. Williams could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night.

Other administrative appointments and transfers Tuesday include:

▪ Kelly Bradshaw, principal of Swift Creek Elementary School in Raleigh since 2013, was transferred to Fuquay-Varina Elementary School to be an assistant principal;

▪ Jan Hargrove, a veteran retired principal, was hired to be Swift Creek’s interim principal from July 1 to Sept. 1;

▪ Wiladean Thomas was named interim principal of York Elementary School in Raleigh from July 1 to Aug. 15;

▪ Danny Barnes’ contract as interim Central Area Superintendent was extended through June 30, 2017. Barnes, who has had the job since August, will be paid a salary of $85,008.

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