Education

Veteran educator chosen to lead state’s only ISD school

Kenneth Bowen

North Carolina educator Kenneth Bowen has been named principal of Southside-Ashpole Elementary School, the lone school in the state’s Innovative School District (ISD).

The ISD was created in 2016 through legislation enacted to improve student outcomes in low-performing schools across North Carolina.

Thursday was Bowen’s first day on the job at Southside-Ashpole, which is located in Robeson County. He replaces Bruce Major who abruptly resigned July 1 after a year on the job.

Bowen, a Scotland County native, is a UNC-Pembroke alumnus. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University.

Bowen comes to Southside-Ashpole from UNCP, where he was coordinator for grants and leadership in the School of Education.

Before that, Bowen worked for 15 years in public schools in North Carolina and South Carolina. He served as an assistant superintendent, a teacher and a high school principal.

The Bowen hire caps a busy summer for the state’s ISD.

In addition to losing the principal of its only school, the ISD was also forced to replace Superintendent LaTeesa Allen whose last day on the job was June 28.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) officials have not released any details about Allen’s departure. She was appointed to the post about nine months ago.

Veteran educator James Ellerbe has replaced Allen as superintendent of the ISD.

Check Also

State Rep. Craig Horn becomes the first Republican candidate to join the race for state superintendent

State Rep. Craig Horn, a Republican from Union ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A national civil rights group will intervene on behalf of its clients in the lawsuit that led to the [...]

Since PFAS are unregulated, no public notification is required. Food packaging could be a source of [...]

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wi [...]

Stench and flies. Noise and traffic. Waste flowing into waterways. Manure-infused spray. Complaints [...]

For over two decades, North Carolina has systematically violated the constitutional rights of its ch [...]

Last December I condemned the UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BOT) proposal to literally enshrine [...]

The Trump administration recently revealed how it is going to take away food from nearly 700,000 Ame [...]

Nine years ago in this space, Policy Watch reported on one of the most consistently pernicious aspec [...]