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.

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