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Education: Five finalists for Waccamaw Middle principal

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

The Georgetown County School District picked five finalists this week to become the next principal at Waccamaw Middle School, two more than the usual field for such posts.

Candidates from within Georgetown County Schools are: Jamie Curry, assistant principal at Waccamaw High; Daryl Stanley, assistant principal at Waccamaw Middle; and Craig Stone, assistant principal at Carvers Bay High. The other finalists, Mark Phillips, assistant principal at St. James Middle and Paul Spadaro, assistant principal at Forestbrook Middle, are from Horry County.

“I feel good about the list of finalists we have,” said Superintendent Randy Dozier. “It’s a strong group, both talented and experienced. Because of their abilities, we have a larger list than normal and that is good.

“I was very encouraged by the quality of applicants we had. I’m glad so many people want to work in Georgetown County.”

Principal Bill Dwyer resigned last month to take a job with a private company in Charleston. Dwyer was at the school for four years and was its fourth principal.

The five finalists to become the school’s fifth principal will take part in a community forum Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

“I love middle school,” said Curry, who has been at Waccamaw High for the last two years and has 19 years of experience in education. “I taught at Georgetown Middle for eight years and enjoyed working with that age group so much. It’s an important age for students. We have to make sure they are on the right track before they get to high school.”

Stanley could not be reached for comment.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be considered for this position,” said Stone, who is in his 15th year in public education, the last five of which he has spent as assistant principal at Carvers Bay. “Waccamaw Middle has a tremendous record, academically and in terms of extracurricular activities. It would be a great opportunity for me to be a part of such an outstanding school.”

With the challenges of middle school being unlike they are for any other age group, Dozier indicated that leadership experience was one of the qualities he was looking for during the application process. That all five candidates have a track record in administration is an attribute that worked in their favor.

“There is no denying how important it is to be able to build relationships with all stakeholders,” Curry said. You have to be able to communicate with faculty and staff, students, parents and community members. It’s hard to be successful without doing that.”

Stone said he has been fortunate to work with Carvers Bay principal Richard Neal. “He’s allowed me to be involved with every aspect that a principal could be. My experience has been very hands on. Every school should have the goal of being the best it can be in all areas,” he said.

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