Charter school board names new leader


Chaunte Garrett


Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Rocky Mount Preparatory School Board of Trustees met in a special called meeting Monday night to select a successor to replace Todd Pipkin as head of school.

Pipkin announced his plans to resign from that position earlier this month. His resignation takes effect on June 30.

After Pipkin announced his plans to leave the school, the Board of Trustees immediately appointed Chaunte Garrett to serve as interim head of school upon his resignation. On Monday, the board voted unanimously to appoint her to the position of head of school instead, contingent upon her signing a contract to be drawn up between her and the board. Garrett will assume her new duties on July 1.

“Dr. Garrett assumes the school’s top position after three years as chief academic officer at Prep,” board Chairman Ricky Parks said in a statement. “Her experience ranges from classroom teacher to elementary school principal to many leadership positions in North Carolina schools, including director of accountability at Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Transformation leadership in Wake County Public Schools.”

Garrett is a graduate of N.C. A&T State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education. She later earned a master’s degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia and a doctorate degree in educational administration and supervision from N.C. State University.

“The board looks forward to the strong leadership and experience Dr. Garrett will provide as head of school,” Parks said in the statement.

The leadership of the school will also change in another way as Parks has also announced his intention to resign from the board of trustees effective June 30. Jean Kitchin, who now serves as vice chairwoman of the board, will assume the position of chairwoman in July.

Parks said he is resigning to devote more time to his duties as a father and as chief deputy marshal of the state Supreme Court. However, he said that he plans to remain active at Rocky Mount Prep.

“It has been one of my greatest honors to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Rocky Mount Preparatory School,” Parks said. “Rest assured as the parent of three children at Rocky Mount Prep and as a person who is and has always been keenly interested in the success of the school, I remain fully committed to Rocky Mount Prep and to doing what I believe is in its best interests.”