DPS announce personnel moves
The school district announced several major personnel moves recently.
Kenneth Barnes, principal of Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, will become executive director of maintenance services for the system.
Allen Bailey, the current director of maintenance services, retires July 1.
Barnes will remain at Southern until an interim principal is named.
“I look forward to joining the maintenance and operational services team and focusing on customer service and communication,” Barnes said in a statement. “These will be the cornerstones of the department’s efforts every day.”
David Glenn will serve as the interim maintenance director until Barnes’ arrival.
Barnes’ departure comes as the district prepares to consolidate the Southern School of Engineering into the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.
School officials said the move won’t change the day-to-day experience for students who will remain assigned to one of the four pathways already available between the two schools.
Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen, who will be returning to his post as deputy superintendent of operations this month, said Barnes will bring a “wealth of school-based experience” to maintenance and operational services and help “align services and resources with the needs of every facility.”
Barnes has been at Southern for six years. He served as the principal of Shepard Middle School for two-and-a-half years.
Also, the school district has named Thomas Crabtree assistant superintendent for human resource services.
Crabtree, a former DPS administrator with 20 years of human resource experience, formerly served as executive director of personnel relations before leaving DPS in 2010 to join a private firm.
He later worked as the assistant superintendent of human resources in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.
Additionally, the school district has named new principals for Southwest and Sandy Ridge elementary schools.
At Southwest, Nicholas Rotosky became principal effective July 1.
Rotosky served as director of the school of infrastructure engineering at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. He began his career as a physical education teacher at Southwest – and spent the next 14 years in Durham and Raleigh schools.
Meanwhile, Keri Litwak, an educator of 15 years, was named principal of Sandy Ridge Elementary.
She currently serves as principal of Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill, and had previously served as an assistant principal at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham.