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Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker on Wednesday announced two principal appointments, effective January 1, 2023.

Leslie Hayes will move to Chicod School to serve as the principal after six years leading Ridgewood Elementary School. She will succeed Mike Pollard, who will retire Dec. 31, 2022 after 28 years in the PCS system and 16 as an administrator, which includes his tenure as principal at Chicod that began in 2017.

Mrs. Hayes will be working collaboratively with both campuses, respectively, on a transition plan that meets the needs of both schools before the January 1, 2023 start date.

PCS Employment:
2016-present -- Principal, Ridgewood Elementary School
2013-2016 -- Assistant Principal, Chicod School
2012-2013 -- Assistant Principal, E.B. Aycock Middle School
2011-2012 -- Assistant Principal, Elmhurst Elementary School
2008-2009 -- Gifted Education Teacher, Farmville Middle School
2006-2008 -- Gifted Education Teacher, Pactolus School
Misc ... Ms. Hayes has facilitated continued education for over 60 teachers and cultivates positive relationships between community members, 750+ students and 100+ staff members at RES; earned certifications in Academically Gifted, Curriculum Instruction Specialist, Elementary Education (K-6) and as a School Administrator (principal); holds an affiliation with the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association.

Bachelor’s degree in elementary education - East Carolina University (2005)
Master’s degree in elementary education - East Carolina University (2006)
Master’s degree in school administration - East Carolina University (2012)
Doctoral student (Ed.D. Educational Leadership) - East Carolina University (in-progress)

"I am genuinely grateful to the exceptional educators, students and families I have worked with while at Ridgewood. I am truly a better leader due to my time there. Chicod School has a long history of excellence. I am excited about returning to the Chicod community and look forward to partnering with staff, families and community members to continue building upon that tradition by providing students with the best educational experience possible."