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Donevin Hoskins named West Charlotte High School principal
Has led campuses in Greensboro and Georgia
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:26 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Donevin Hoskins was appointed West Charlotte High School principal Tuesday.

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Donevin Hoskins is West Charlotte High School’s new principal.

Hoskins, who has been principal at Ben L. Smith High in Greensboro since 2013, takes over for interim principal Michael Turner. Previous to Smith High, Hoskins was principal at Towers High in DeKalb County, Georgia, from 2012-13 and director of student achievement at the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago from 2010-12.

Hoskins gained notoriety in 2012 when he confronted a man on the Towers campus carrying a loaded 9 millimeter pistol during an open house. Hoskins noticed the man, who wasn't a student, was acting suspiciously and asked him to leave. Hoskins told police he saw the man drop a skull cap with the weapon and after a physical confrontation, the man fled.

Donevin Hoskins

Hoskins has experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as principal of International Business and Communications at Olympic High from 2008-10, area administrator for student services for the West Learning Community from 2007-08 and assistant principal at Zebulon B. Vance High from 2002-07 and E.E. Waddell High (2000-02). Hoskins’ time at Vance coincides with CMS Supt. Earnest Winston’s start as an educator when he joined the faculty in 2004 as a journalism teacher. Winston joined the district’s communications department two years later and has moved up the executive leadership ladder, including chief of staff from 2011-17.

Hoskins, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, launched his education career at St. Mary Parish Schools in Centerville. He was a teacher and dean at Franklin Senior High (1990-98) and taught at Morgan City Junior High (1988-90) and Morgan City Senior High (1986-87).

Hoskins’ hire was among a series of CMS appointments and reorganization that includes two new deputy positions and return of the Office of School Performance. The following changes will go into effect Sept. 16:

• LaTarzja Henry, the executive director of Community Partnerships & Family Engagement, was named chief of staff.

• Chief of staff Laura Francisco was named assistant superintendent of support services.

• Matthew Hayes was named deputy superintendent of academics. He was community superintendent for the Northwest Learning Community.
• Chief Operating Officer Carol Stamper was named deputy superintendent of operations.

• Associate Superintendent for Student Services Kathy Elling is now chief school performance officer.

“These changes will allow us to better align our work to support schools and students,” Winston said. “The goal is to provide more efficient and responsive support for schools so that we can deliver on the goals set in the 2024 strategic plan, What Matters Most.”

Other appointments include:

• Raymond Barnes has been named community superintendent for Central Learning Community 1. Barnes has been executive director for Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (L.I.F.T.) and Central Learning Community 1 since 2018.

• Fahnie Shaw was promoted to director of Family Engagement and Community Outreach, Title I. Shaw was previously a program and evaluation specialist.

• Pa Thao was promoted to director of elementary education. Thao was previously a literacy specialist.


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