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 Recognize Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown for role in getting SRO program started


Superintendent Rick Stout recognized Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown for his role in getting the SRO program off the ground and for his partnership with the school district through the years.

The School Resource Officers’ program was first created in the 1990’s to have officers on site to handle safety concerns, and the program has produced great results. 

Stout thanked Ed Brown for his commitment to ensuring our students receive their education in a safe environment. He added that Brown's officers should be commended for having established a strong relationship with our principals, educators, students and parents and they have been good role models and have had a positive influence in the daily lives of our students.




Col. Yori Escalante, Acting Deputy to the Commanding General for Marine Corps Installations East, presented Jacksonville High School with recognition.


JHS Military Friendly School of the Year for the work done by their Student 2 Student team



Dr. Barry Collins presented the 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year

Each year school systems across the state select an exemplary principal to represent their district. The Principal of the Year selection process began with written nominations from school staff and others, including Parent Teacher Organizations. Then a committee comprised of last year’s Principal and Teacher of the Year, a Wells Fargo representative and an Onslow County parent interviewed finalists and selected a winner. Collins recognized Dr. Chris Barnes, the principal at New Bridge Middle School, as the district's 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

Dr. Barnes is a native of Onslow County and a Richlands High School graduate. He has served our school district for 21 years, 13 have been in administration. He has been the principal at New Bridge for four years. Under his leadership New Bridge has consistently performed well academically by demonstrating standard and high growth performance on end of the year assessments.

In their nomination, his Leadership Team said this about Dr. Barnes — “He is keenly aware of what challenges are faced by teachers and students and he is willing to roll up his sleeves and work side by side to develop strategies to help students not only achieve their goals but to excel. He is a visionary in constant pursuit of new challenges and the most relevant methods we can use to engage students.”

Next he will compete with other regional POY recipients. Eight regional finalists will be named, and then one principal among those will be selected as the 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.


The POY program is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.

Dr. Lesley Eason presented the Assistant Principal of the Year

Over the years, much has been added to the job description of assistant principals, and often they are the least acknowledged for their hard work, so for the past three years Onslow County Schools has recognized an outstanding assistant principal for their exceptional leadership.

Eason announced that Bridget Grady, the assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School, has been chosen as Onslow County Schools’ 2-14-15 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Bridget has served Onslow County Schools for the past 21 years. She has been the AP at Sand Ridge for eight years.

She commended her for working alongside our principals, parents, teachers, and all other staff members every day in order to make education the one of the most important assets a child can have.

State honorees will receive and honorarium from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and will be recognized by North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association at the state conference.



Dr. Lesley Eason presented Teacher of the Year (with five finalists)

Dr. Eason announced it was with great pleasure she announced Melissa Doyle, a third grade teacher at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, as the district’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Doyle is in her ninth year of teaching for the school district, the last seven of which have been at Jacksonville Commons Elementary.

Doyle tells us she can’t remember wanting to be anything other than a teacher, because she was inspired by so many great teachers as she moved through Onslow County Schools, who are now her role models.

As a teacher, Melissa said she believes her purpose is to inspire her students to achieve their dreams. She wants her students to feel loved and at the same time to feel challenged.

Next we look forward to her representing our school district in vying for the Southeast Region Teacher of the Year.

Top Five Finalists

Melissa Doyle ~ Jacksonville Commons Elementary

Bryant Copeland ~ New Bridge Middle

Kristyn Butts ~ Northwoods Park Middle

Jessica Howard ~ Parkwood Elementary

Nancy Lee ~ Summersill Elementary


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