Ocean City Today

Schools announce staffing shuffle

By Brian Gilliland | May 17, 2018
Lou Taylor

(May 18, 2018) The Worcester County Board of Education announced a major restructuring during its Tuesday meeting, with retirements and departures paving the way for a multitude of changes at the administration and assistant principal levels effective July 1.

“I’ve lost a lot of sleep over this,” school Superintendent Lou Taylor said. However, he continued, the changes made will lead to even stronger public schools in Worcester county in the future.

Steve Price, currently the assistant superintendent/chief operating officer will make a parallel move to the newly created assistant superintendent/chief safety officer, where his responsibilities will shift to overseeing efforts to protect all students.

The chief safety officer position was created during budget negotiations with the county this year as a result of the school safety summit held earlier this year at Worcester Technical High School. At that meeting, speakers ranging from a parent of a Sandy Hook shooting victim to disaster response experts stressed the need for one person to oversee safety operations.

Dr. Annette Wallace, principal of Pocomoke High School, will move into Price’s former role as assistant superintendent/chief operating officer. Wallace was named the top principal in the state in 2016 and, like Taylor, is an alumna of Worcester County Schools.

Jenifer Rayne, Pocomoke High School’s current assistant principal, has been named Wallace’s successor.

Stephen Decatur High School Principal Tom Zimmer is transferring to Worcester Technical High School after current principal Caroline Bloxom announced her retirement. Berlin Intermediate School Principal Thomas Sites is being moved to SDHS.

Ryan Cowder, assistant principal at Stephen Decatur High School, is moving to principal of Berlin Intermediate School.

Library Media Specialist Jennifer Sills is moving to the central office in Newark to become the Coordinator of Instruction for Science after the incumbent, Marlyn Barrett, announced her retirement.

The schools also hired Dwayne Abt from Dorchester County to become the new head of Human Resources.

Other staff changes announced by the schools include:

Pocomoke Middle Asst. Principal Bryan Perry moves to Pocomoke High.

Pocomoke Middle Asst. Principal Faye Williams moves to Pocomoke Elementary.

Pocomoke Elementary teacher Robert Boyce moves to Asst. Principal at Pocomoke Middle.

Snow Hill Elementary Asst. Principal Dr. David Gell moves to Berlin Intermediate.

Dr. Curtis Bunting from Sussex County, Delaware will become Asst. Principal at Stephen Decatur High.

Karen Baker, research, accountability and testing coordinator, will become Asst. Principal at Snow Hill Elementary.

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