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WCPS announces new Grantham Elementary principal

This week, the Wayne County Board of Education named Grantham Elementary assistant principal, Bill Joyner, the new principal for the school. He will replace Nicole Barrett, who was recently announced as the new principal for Brogden Primary beginning January 1.

Mr. Joyner began his education career in 1990 as a math teacher in Greene County. He joined WCPS in 1992 as a teacher at Grantham School. Mr. Joyner transitioned to school administration in 2015 as the elementary curriculum specialist (and later named assistant principal) at Grantham Elementary. Mr. Joyner is national board certified. In 2018, he was named the WCPS Assistant Principal of the Year. Mr. Joyner holds a bachelor’s degree in math education and a master’s degree in school administration.   

“I am excited to assume my responsibilities as the instructional leader of Grantham Elementary School,” states Mr. Joyner. “I hope to continue the pursuit of academic excellence cultivated by our previous administrators, Mrs. Lisa Tart, Ms. Antoinette Ward, and Mrs. Nicole Barrett.  Each of these leaders shaped Grantham Elementary School and has worked to mentor and strengthen me as a school administrator. We have a great school and I look forward to working with our students, staff, and community in my new role.”

The following assistant principal changes were also approved Monday night: Brogden Primary assistant principal, Christy Straughan-Haley will become the assistant principal at Grantham Elementary; Eastern Wayne Middle assistant principal, Carol Hollar-Watson, will become an Instructional Coach at the school; and North Drive Elementary assistant principal, Edward Cromartie, Jr., will become the assistant principal at Eastern Wayne Middle.

All administrative changes will take effect January 1, 2020.

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