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Longtime DPS administrator to support student services

March 3, 2006
CONTACT:   Dr. Ann Denlinger, Superintendent, 560-2602

Eunice SandersLongtime Durham educator Eunice O'Neal Sanders, principal of Hillside High School, has been named Executive Director of Student Services for Durham Public Schools.  The appointment is effective July 1, 2006.

Sanders requested a transfer into this position in a Feb. 16, 2006 letter to Superintendent Ann Denlinger.  The Superintendent has informed Sanders of her intent to honor her request for a transfer. 

Sanders said she views this new role as “a chance to utilize the skills I have acquired as a social worker, teacher, and principal.”  She said she felt the end of the 2005-06 term, “would be a great time for me to allow someone else to sit at the helm of this prestigious organization.”  The new position is, in Sanders’ view, “an opportunity to better align our support services with the instructional services of Durham Public Schools.” 

Sanders has been principal of Hillside since 2002. Before that, she re-opened Rogers-Herr Middle School as a year-round school and was there for two years.

She was formerly principal at Spaulding Biosphere Magnet Elementary School, where she had served since 1995.  Before that she was an assistant principal at Neal Middle School and a teacher at several schools throughout the district, including Rogers-Herr, where she taught for six years during the 1980s.

Sanders was selected by her peers as the 2002 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Durham Public Schools in a program co-sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wachovia Bank, N.A., North Carolina.

Sanders holds master's degrees in special education and administration, along with a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology, from North Carolina Central University.

“Eunice Sanders has done an exceptional job as an educational leader in Durham for many years.  Her wealth of experience in a number of different positions lends her a rare insight into the arena of guidance, social work and student support for this district,” said Superintendent Ann T. Denlinger.  “She is very well prepared and poised to take on this new role, and we look forward to her success in it.”

Hillside’s Site-Based Committee will participate in the principal selection process.  It is anticipated that the principal will be named before July 1, 2006. 

  Eunice Sanders’ Letter of Feb. 16, 2006
  Ann Denlinger Letter of Feb. 28, 2006