WCPS Announces New Goldsboro High Principal and Other Administrative Changes

On Wednesday, June 27, the Wayne County Board of Education approved the new principal for Goldsboro High.

After a nationwide principal search, Christopher D. Horne, the principal of Pittsburgh Milliones, a grades 6-12 school located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, has been named the new principal of Goldsboro High. He is replacing Interim Principal, Dr. Marcia Manning. Dr. Manning will resume her role working with Innovative Programs, and will provide administrative support to Mr. Horne through the transition.

“I am humbled to be named principal of Goldsboro High, and welcome the opportunity to bring my wife and four children to Wayne County, North Carolina,” stated Mr. Horne. “Once I am settled in, I plan to hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ with staff, along with a number of other ‘Meet and Greet’ events to introduce myself to students, families, and members of the community. A major strength I possess is my ability to build positive relationships with people of all backgrounds. I believe these events will be the first steps in building trust, support, and a unified vision for taking Goldsboro High to the level of excellence the district leaders and the community desire to achieve.”

Mr. Horne has 17.5 years education experience both in the classroom and as a principal. He started his education career in February 2001 as a teacher at Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was a founding math teacher at Pittsburgh Milliones, and later served as a Mathematics Coach at the school. In 2010, Mr. Horne transitioned to school administration as the assistant principal of Penn Hills High School, his alma mater. In 2015, he returned to Pittsburgh Milliones as principal. Mr. Horne holds a K-12 Principal Certification and is certified in Grades 7-12 Mathematics.

“Mr. Horne has the qualifications, references, and proven track record to move Goldsboro High to the next level,” stated Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS superintendent. “We look forward to the long-term administrative stability that Mr. Horne will bring as principal, and would encourage students, parents and community members to come out for the Meet and Greet events to introduce yourselves and to hear first hand his vision and plans for the upcoming school year.”

The tentative dates for the Meet and Greets are as follows: The GHS Staff Meet and Greet will be July 10 and the Community Meet and Greet events will be held on July 11 throughout the day in different areas of the city. The school and the district will announce the times and locations for the Meet and Greet events closer to the dates they will be held.

“I believe it is important to note that Dr. Manning has done an outstanding job as Interim Principal at Goldsboro High,” added Dr. Dunsmore. “The school has made important strides under her direction and leadership this past school year. During this time of transition for the school, we are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Manning available to support Mr. Horne with getting acclimated to his new role, and working with him to ensure successful instructional strategies can continue being implemented in the classroom under his leadership.”    

Other administrative changes approved by the Board of Education include:


Norwayne Middle principal, Lisa Tart, will join the WCPS Curriculum & Instruction Department as the new Middle & Secondary Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Tart has over 23 years education experience, and has been in her present role since 2016. Mrs. Tart began her education career in 1994 as an English/language arts and social studies teacher at Forest Hills Middle in Wilson, North Carolina, and joined Wayne County Public Schools in 1996 as an English/History teacher at Rosewood Middle/High. In 2000 she became Assistant Principal at Rosewood Middle and in 2002 became principal at the school. In 2006 she transferred to Grantham School as principal, where she served for 10 years. Mrs. Tart holds a certification in middle grades social studies and language arts. She also holds a Curriculum Instructional Specialist certification and a School Administrator Certification. 

Norwayne Middle mathematics teacher, Andrew Bass, will join the WCPS Curriculum & Instruction Department as the new Middle and Secondary Math Coordinator. Mr. Bass began his education career at Norwayne Middle in 2010. This past school year, he was ranked in the top 15 of North Carolina math teachers in their grade level for student growth. Mr. Bass was also ranked number two (2) in North Carolina for 7th grade student growth. Mr. Bass is certified in grades 6-9 mathematics, health specialist, and physical education.

“We are excited to welcome these two strong curriculum experts to the department to help support principals and teachers across the district,” states Tamara Berman Ishee, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “We need to meaningfully engage students in the classroom and ensure that they grow academically. In order to do this, it is vital that we provide – from the central level – comprehensive support to help teachers and principals use data more effectively and bring proven innovative strategies to every classroom in Wayne County.”

No replacement has been named for Mrs. Tart. All of the administrative changes will take effect July 1, 2018. Mr. Horne will begin his new role the week of July 9. 

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