Chatham Charter School has hired a new secondary grades administrator as part of its next phase of growth. Chatham Charter will replicate its academic program through a new charter school, Central Carolina Academy, that will open in August of 2022 in Lee County.
Tom Griffin, a veteran educator with 35 years of experience as a teacher, principal, district head of Exceptional Children services, and state level administrator, will join the Chatham Charter administrative team in January of 2022.
“Our administrative team quickly recognized the expertise that Tom can bring to Chatham Charter, particularly in the areas of Exceptional Children services and students who struggle with non-academic issues. We have been focusing on these challenging areas already and are pleased that an educator of Tom’s caliber will be able to bring added insight and leadership,” said Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
Griffin and the elementary administrator, Etta Foushee, will lead Chatham Charter at the building level. Current secondary administrator Beth McCullough will move into a role on a central services team that will work with both Chatham Charter and Central Carolina Academy. She, Eldridge, and Julia-Brent Milholen will form the central services team that will allow the building level administrators to concentrate more fully on traditional school administration responsibilities versus balancing district level duties along with school level ones.
“I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life and joining the team here at Chatham Charter,” said Griffin.