Rock Hill principals to become co-administrators of NC middle school

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJune 2, 2014 

The 2014 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year is Michael Waiksnis of Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill.


Two Rock Hill principals will become “transformational leaders” at Knox Middle School in Salisbury, N.C., joining former Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody in the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

Mike Waiksnis, the principal at Sullivan Middle School, and Latoya Dixon, the principal at Mount Gallant Elementary School, will lead a team comprising the Rowan-Salisbury School System, the city of Salisbury, Catawba College, Livingstone College, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, according to a release Monday from the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

“District officials are especially excited to be introducing two transformational leaders that will be directing the change in preparing Knox students, staff and the community towards a great future,” the press release said.

Knox Middle School had 568 students in grades six through eight as of the 2012-2013 school year. That same year less than 30 percent of students in all grades tested at or above grade level in math and English, based on North Carolina’s end-of-grade tests.

At an April 14 board meeting, Moody gave a presentation on transformation planning, as part of the strategic plan for Knox Middle School. Moody was previously Rock Hill schools superintendent until she resigned in August 2013 to take the position in the Rowan-Salisbury system.

Waiksnis has been at Sullivan Middle School for five years, according to the school’s website. He was recently named the 2014 middle school principal of the year by the S.C. Association of School Administrators.

Dixon has been at Mount Gallant for five and a half years. The two administrators worked together in the past to develop “EdCamp SC” in September 2013 for “educators to share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment.”

Waiksnis and Dixon were confirmed at Monday’s Rowan-Salisbury school board meeting.

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