Crosby, Hamilton named new principals at CCHS, Northside | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 27, 2016 10:17 am
Last Updated: April 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
The Colleton County School District has two new principals.
During a special meeting of the school board Tuesday night, board members approved School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster’s recommendation that Dr. Melissa Crosby formally become the principal of Colleton County High School and Wilsey Hamilton become the principal at Northside Elementary School.
Shortly after the meeting began, the members of the school board went into executive session, meeting behind closed doors to discuss the recommendations for the two new principals and other staff changes.
They came back into open session about an hour later and approved the appointments.
Crosby has been serving as interim high school principal since July of last year. She was moved into that position to take over for Cliff Warren, who moved from the high school principal post to become an assistant superintendent with the school district.
Crosby was raised in Islandton and currently resides in Yemassee with her husband and three children.
She graduated with a bachelor degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston and is a national board-certified mathematics teacher.
Crosby obtained advanced degrees in education-curriculum, instruction and assessment, educational leadership and administrator leadership for teaching and learning from Walden University.
Hamilton has been serving as assistant principal at Northside Elementary School. On July 13, she will take over the principal’s role at the school.
Hamilton will replace current Northside Elementary School Principal Tracy McDonald. In March, McDonald was appointed the school district’s coordinator of accountability and assessment.
Hamilton began her teaching career in Colleton County at Hendersonville Elementary School where she taught kindergarten, first- and second-grades.
She was named Hendersonville’s Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year and was named Colleton County’s District Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2010-2011 school year.
Hamilton received her educational specialist degree in 2011 and spent a year as assistant principal at Cottageville Elementary School before joining the Northside Elementary’s administration team.
The school board also accepted the retirements of Black Street Early Childhood Center Teacher Margaret Farrell and High School Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Lipscomb, and the resignations of Cottageville Elementary School Teachers Melinda Anderson and Jessica Williams, Forest Hills Elementary School Teacher Paige Blair; Hendersonville Elementary School Reading Interventionist Regina Ackerman and Teacher Dana Garrett; and Northside Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Craig Meyers. Cottageville Special Education Teacher Mary Christiana Gurrala leaves that post following the end of the agreement that created that position.
Nelson Yates was hired as a high school science teacher and Andrea Smoak was hired as a middle school English teacher. Yates comes to the district from the Berkeley County School District and Smoak comes to the district from Dorchester School District Two.
Following the votes on the staffing changes, the members of the board of education conducted their first work session for the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.