BOE approves new assignments

BOE approves new principal, coordinator assignments
Posted on 07/24/2020

Morganton, NC – Friday, July 24, 2020


The Burke County Board of Education approved the following promotions and new assignments during a special called noon meeting on Friday:

  • Dr. Kristin Edwards has been named the coordinator and principal of the new Burke County Virtual Academy
  • Karen Goins has been named principal of Mull Elementary School
  • Jennifer Hawkins has been named Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Coordinator
  • Rich Linens has been named principal of Table Rock Middle School

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “Unprecedented times call for great leaders. I am proud of the administrative team we have in place and am excited to add to our team as we navigate together through this time of the COVID-19.”

Putnam said while in recent years, these types of announcements have been made much earlier before a new school year starts, we are reminded that these are not normal times. He said, “Each year we anticipate vacancies due to retirements, resignations and educational and maternity leaves, and this year we are learning of early retirements and resignations due to a pandemic. We are continuing our practice of promoting qualified candidates from within, which again has created a domino effect. I am confident each promotion will help our school system not only grow and achieve academically, but also persevere through a pandemic.”

The Board of Education on July 17 approved the return to school plan for the district. It includes a hybrid model of two days of in-school learning and three days of remote learning, as well as a total virtual option for parents and students through the new Burke County Virtual Academy. Putnam acknowledged there is much to do as we prepare to start school on Aug. 17. He said, “The first day of school this year will be like no other. But with our committed and passionate leaders and teachers as well as our strong families, together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side.”
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