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Matney, Hite switch jobs in school administration / February 14, 2018

There’s a new high-level administrator in the School Board Central Office.

Brian Matney has been named director of secondary education for Mecklenburg County Public Schools, replacing Joan Hite, who becomes the new principal at Park View Middle School.

Park View Middle had been without a permanent principal following the resignation of Nancy Riddell late last year.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols called Hite “the best person for the job” at PVMS. Her background as a former principal and the skills she demonstrated while serving as director of secondary education are what is needed at the school level, said Nichols, as the division continues to address problems with gangs and appropriate steps for students who are performing below grade level or not meeting expectations, including passing their SOLs.

Matney began serving as the director of secondary education on Monday. He initially came to Mecklenburg County to serve as interim principal at Park View Middle.

Nichols said he knew Matney through his work as president of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, his service on the Virginia Department of Education’s advisory board on teacher education and licensure, and through their joint enrollment in the LEADS Virginia program.

LEADS Virginia is a networking program that educates participants about regional educational differences and statewide needs.

“Dr. Matney’s skills and experience are critical to the success of the school division as we move toward a combined middle and high school,” said Nichols of his new assignment. “His engagement with the SOL Innovation Committee will assure that our programs are in keeping with the expectation of the Department of Education and its ‘Portrait of a Graduate’” — the program designed to help students develop skills needed to succeed in the workforce of the future.

Matney was appointed to the SOL Innovation Committee in 2016. For the past year and a half his work with the group has focused on the need for Virginia to modernize its assessment and accreditation systems by reducing reliance on traditional standardized tests. The committee has called for an innovative and broad set of learning outcomes that will prepare all students for success in college, in careers, and as engaged and enlightened citizens.

“These goals are in keeping with our expectations [of our students] and he is enthusiastic about being here,” Nichols said.

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