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Hackney rejoins Mecklenburg County schools

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2013
“A great asset to Mecklenburg County Public Schools” is how Superintendent James Thornton described Melody Hackney, who is returning to the Central Office in Boydton to serve as Deputy Superintendent for Mecklenburg County Public Schools.

Before serving as Superintendent of Schools for Charlotte County, Hackney was Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in Mecklenburg County, from July 2001 to June 2003.

In 2003 she became the Superintendent of Schools for Charlotte County, and for the last five years, she was been instrumental in transforming classrooms in her school division to what Thornton described as the “21st Century learning environment,” Project Based Learning.

“We are thrilled to add her expertise in Project Based Learning to our instruction team, as we implement Project Based Learning throughout the school division,” Thornton said. He added, “Her enthusiasm for children and knowledge with instructional practices will assist us with moving Mecklenburg County to the next level. We are exciting about adding such a strong leader as part of our team.”

Thornton’s excitement over the arrival of Hackney was tempered by the departure of Dr. John Keeler, who was recently named Superintendent of Buena Vista City Schools. Thornton said, “Dr. Keeler has been a valued member of the administrative team for the last three years. His compassion for students and staff is evident in all he does. He will be missed, but we wish him the best as he leads Buena Vista City Schools into the future.”

Among Keeler’s legacies in Mecklenburg County is implementation of the Senior of the Month Program, honoring outstanding students from both Bluestone and Park View High Schools. At the end of the year, honorees receive a scholarship from monies raised by the Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership.

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