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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: MARCH 31, 2003


Dr. Sammie Campbell Parrish, a former education dean, local superintendent and assistant state superintendent, has been named LEA Assistance Team Leader. In that role, she will coordinate efforts to provide assistance to the Hoke County School District and develop the Local Education Agency Assistance Plan (LEAAP) for other school districts.

North Carolina is recognized for its successful school assistance team process. That effort is leading to the development of a similar approach to working with school district central offices. Parrish will lead a team of three to five educators or other professionals who will work with the Department of Public Instruction and the central office leadership of Hoke County Schools to improve education policies, processes and practices. She will build on the work done by the DPI leadership to assist Hoke County.

In making the announcement, State Superintendent Mike Ward said that Parrish was selected because of the breadth of her education experiences. "Dr. Campbell Parrish is respected by educators in public schools and higher education as a strong instructional leader. She will draw on state and national resources to help Hoke better meet the needs of students. We are confident that she will ably lead our efforts to assist local districts."

Sammie Campbell Parrish is the former Dean and a professor in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. She was the Superintendent of the Cleveland, Ohio, public schools from 1992-1995. Her background also includes service as Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction at the Department of Public Instruction. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, coordinator of special education and instruction, and associate superintendent in Georgia and in Greensboro, N.C. public schools.

Parrish holds a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. She is a former member of the Public School Forum Board of Directors, Urban League of Greater Cleveland board, National PTA Board, Advisory Commission on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps (Teacher Preparation and Support Subcommittee Chairperson) and numerous other education and civic groups.

For additional information, contact DPI Communications at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.