Vote on new WC principal next week

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A new principal has been selected at Warren Central High School and will be presented for a vote April 30 by Vicksburg Warren School District trustees, Superintendent James Price said.

The next principal will succeed Pam Wilbanks, who intends to retire after three years on the Mississippi 27 campus.

“I expect a vote,” Price said this morning. “I don’t see anyone tabling it.”

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Price declined to identify the person selected pending the vote.

Wilbanks is the first woman to serve as principal at a local high school at least since the 1987 consolidation of the Vicksburg Municipal Separate School District and the Warren County Public School system.

For the past month, a committee of eight teachers has vetted at least eight to 10 potential successors, said faculty member and committee member Karla McHan.

The 9,000-student district began the 2008-09 academic year with changes to the school schedule that replaced summer school with four bonus weeks. It was the first year after the end of federal court oversight after nearly 40 years stemming from a desegregation order during the era of school desegregation across the South.

Enrollment at Warren Central is 1,218, according to figures provided by the school, established in 1965 with the merger of Culkin, Redwood and Jett schools. 


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