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New principals coming to Creekside, Farmville Middle

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Paul Briney


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pitt County Schools announced several administrative changes on Thursday including new principals at Farmville Middle and Creekside Elementary schools.

Paul Briney, current principal at Farmville Middle, was named the new principal for Creekside, the school system announced in a news release Thursday afternoon. Lorenzo Lee, assistant principal at J.H. Rose High School, will be the new principal of Farmville Middle.

Additionally, Lettie Micheletto, assistant principal at J.H. Rose High School, has been named the testing coordinator for Pitt County Schools. The changes will take effect on July 1. 

Briney, who was named the Pitt County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year in 2014-15, is returning to Creekside — he taught for five years. He will take over for Carla Frinkso, who is retiring after having been the principal since the school’s inception in 2005.

Briney earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University before earning a master’s degree in educational leadership as part of a fellowship at ECU. 

“I have truly enjoyed my time at Farmville Middle School,” Briney said in the news release. “In three short years, we reformed our PBIS Program, established a successful AVID elective, and are growing our students not only academically, but socially as well. I am proud of the progress we have made and am beyond blessed to have worked alongside such dedicated educators.”

The staff at Creekside will work as a team to challenge students academically and equip them with the skills needed to be productive students and respectful citizens, Briney said.

“We are going to focus on what is best for our students and make great academic gains,” he said. “I look forward to embracing my new role as principal and am excited to form new positive relationships with the students, staff and members of the community.”

Lee, a U.S. Army veteran, spent the last two years as an assistant principal for J.H. Rose and was in the same position at Greene County Schools before that. He has a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education and a master’s in educational leadership. Additionally, Lee has spent 10 years in the educational field. 

“Serving as principal of Farmville Middle School is an incredible honor that I am indeed fortunate to experience,” Lee said in the release. “The students, their families, and the staff at Farmville Middle have demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement, and I look forward to partnering with the school community to continue on this pathway of success. Together, we will do amazing things at our school.”

Micheletto, who has spent 24 of her 30-year career in Pitt County Schools, started as a teacher before becoming an administrator. She has served as an assistant principal at J.H. Rose for the past 19 years  and has coordinated state and national testing for the school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and also has a master’s degree in school administration. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the Testing Coordinator for Pitt County Schools,” Micheletto said in the release. “The district has always provided a professional and supportive environment for each school to assist them with the state testing program. I am committed to providing the leadership needed to continue and enhance the program, providing measures to ensure that each school feels confident with testing requirements and responsibilities.”