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Halifax County, NC – October 5, 2020
Halifax County Schools Announces Principal Appointment for Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy.
The Halifax County Board of Education approved the appointmentof Ms. Lykisa S. McCoy for the position of Principal of Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy on Monday, October 5, 2020. Ms. McCoy has proudly served Halifax County Schools as an Assistant Principal at Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy. Prior to joining the Halifax County family, she worked in Wilson County at Ralph L. Fike High School as a biology and physical science teacher for 3 years, and in Camden County at Camden Middle School as an 8th Grade Science teacher for 17.5 years.
Ms. McCoy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She has earned a Master of Science with a concentration in Adolescent Science Education from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, a Master of Science in Biology from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC, and a Master of Administration in Education from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC. When Lykisa is not serving Halifax County students and teachers, she enjoys serving her community through her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc., traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is the proud mother of a son, Devan B. McCoy-Sawyer.
“I am confident that Ms. McCoy will continue to build on Southeast Collegiate Preparatory Academy’s record graduation rate in all aspects of the school programs,” states Dr. Eric L. Cunningham, Superintendent of Halifax County Schools.
Halifax County, NC – September 14, 2020
Halifax County Schools Names New Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations
The Halifax County Schools Board of Education
approved the appointment of Dr. Gregory E. Monroe for the position of Executive Director of Human Resources & Operations. Dr. Monroe has 22 years of experience in various educational roles. For the last 2 years he has served as the principal of Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy, home of the Mighty Trojans. During his two year tenure, the high school graduation rate increased to a record 84 percent.
Dr. Monroe started his career in his childhood hometown, Greene County. There, he rose through the ranks serving as a bus driver, teacher, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, and a director of the Greene County Alternative Education Center. Dr. Monroe earned his Associate in Arts degree from Lenior Community College, Kinston North Carolina. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Education, his Masters in School Administration, as well as his Doctorate in school leadership from East Carolina University, Greenville North Carolina.
Dr. Monroe and his wife Christa have 3 daughters; Gabrielle age 16, and twins Rayna and Ra’mya age 14. Outside of serving as a father, son, brother, and educator, Dr. Monroe also serves as an associate minister at Perfecting Family and Friends Ministries in La Grange, North Carolina. He enjoys caring for his mother and spending time with his rather large family.
Dr. Eric Cunningham states, “Dr. Monroe’s wide area of experiences will be instrumental in serving and supporting our schools”. The new role will be effective on November 2, 2020.
Halifax County, NC- October 5, 2020
Reopening of Schools
At the Halifax County Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020, the Board approved Superintendent Dr. Eric Cunningham’s recommendation to continue with remote learning for the next nine weeks. Dr. Cunningham stated that he would monitor for the next couple of weeks and reserves the right to modify his recommendation at November 2020 board meeting.
Dr. Cunningham based his recommendation on survey data after listening to parents, students, staff and teachers. The data revealed that there are deep concerns about COVID-19 and its impact on reopening for in-person instruction. Halifax County Schools has suffered a terrible loss and it still resonates in our hearts and minds of our entire community. We will continue to work with our health department officials and monitor the data. With the support and guidance of our health experts, I am certain we will identify the best time to fully reopen. Safety is our highest priority and requires everyone to be in alignment to protect our most precious treasures our children.