I-SS appoints new Central Elementary School principal

Posted at 8:51 PM on Jun 10, 2019

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Iredell-Statesville Schools appointed Kelly Byrd-Johnson as the new principal at Central Elementary School on Monday during their regular board meeting. Pictured (from left) are school board members Todd Carver, Charles Kelly, Ken Poindexter and Bill Howell; Principal Kelly Byrd-Johnson; Vice Chairman Chuck Gallyon, Chairman Martin Page and board member Samuel Kennington.

BY KARISSA MILLER

Kelly Byrd-Johnson will take the reins as the new principal of Central Elementary School, effective July 1.

Byrd-Johnson, a veteran public-school educator, has been the assistant principal and restart coordinator at N.B. Mills Elementary School since August 2018.

The vacancy became available after Central Principal Diana Jones accepted the principal position at North Iredell High School following Principal Teresa Hays' retirement.

Superintendent Brady Johnson, along with the Board of Education, appointed Byrd-Johnson on Monday to the position.

An interview committee made up of teachers, support staff and parents helped with the selection process, outlining some of the qualities that they want in a principal.

“I’m delighted to have a veteran principal with a proven record of high student achievement to follow Mrs. Diana Jones. Maintaining the family atmosphere, the deep sense of community and the record of high student performance for all students is a priority for our district,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that her proven track record made her the clear choice.

“I’m confident that Mrs. Byrd-Johnson will provide the leadership necessary to continue the tradition of excellence that has come to define Central Elementary School,” the superintendent added.

Byrd-Johnson began her career as a high school teacher and coach at Alexander Central High School. She has 10 years of experience as an elementary school principal at East Bend Elementary, followed by Jonesville Elementary and Fall Creek Elementary School, all of which are in the Yadkin County School District.

During her tenure at Fall Creek Elementary School, the school exceeded growth for four consecutive years from 2014-2018. The overall composite score at the school improved from 54 percent to 72 percent under her leadership.

Johnson said the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recognized Fall Creek Elementary School for being in the top 10 percent for student growth in North Carolina for two consecutive school years.

Byrd-Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

She is married to Brian Johnson. They have a daughter, Jordan.

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