Pisgah, Haywood Early College to get new principals

Three Haywood County Schools will see new administrators this fall after the Haywood County Board of Education approved the personnel changes during a meeting the morning of June 13.

Pisgah Assistant Principal Jill Barker will move up to the head principal position, replacing Greg Bailey, who left last week to take a job at Erwin High School in Buncombe County.

Barker has 22 years of experience and is a two-time high school teacher of the year who has served in varying roles at Bethel Middle School and in the district’s central administration. 

“Pisgah is a great high school with a strong tradition of success,” Barker said. “This is a great opportunity, because the school is so well respected in our region and in our state.”

Haywood Early College Principal Jeff Haney will leave that post to serve as the district’s secondary supervisor, where he’ll be responsible for a variety of programming and administrative tasks. 

Haney will replace interim supervisor Knox Hardin, who took over for Dr. Carol Douglass upon her retirement in February. 

Replacing Haney at the Haywood Early College will be Lori Fox. A longtime resident of Haywood County, Fox has taught at Enka Middle School and Central Haywood High School and has been an assistant principal at Pisgah for the last five years.

“We have three very talented and capable people and we’re lucky to have them in the new positions,” Haywood School Board Chairman Chuck Francis told the three upon their appointments. “The challenges ahead are going to be an uphill climb, but we have confidence in you, so congratulations. Now your work begins.” 

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