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Edgecombe schools official to leave post

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Marc Whichard

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, June 10, 2019

Marc Whichard, associate superintendent for human resources and athletics of Edgecombe County Public Schools, is leaving the school district to take the position of superintendent of Whiteville City Schools.

Whichard was named to the post last week. He will be replacing Kenny Garland, who will be leaving Whiteville City Schools on July 1.

“I am really excited about this opportunity. Whiteville is a great community with an outstanding board of education. The community there is really engaged and interested in pursuing high academic achievement, so I feel that this position will mesh well with my goals,” Whichard said.

Whichard has been a part of Edgecombe County County Schools for most of his 21 years of service as an educator. He began in the school district as a student teacher at Tarboro High School and went on to teach history and English at the high school after his graduation from college. He was also an administrative intern at Tarboro High School while he pursued a masters degree in administration.

After earning that degree, Whichard served in Pitt County for two years as an assistant principal and later as interim principal at Sam D. Bundy Elementary School in Farmville. He then returned to Edgecombe County Public Schools as assistant principal of SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

He later served as principal of C.B. Martin Middle School, now known as Martin Millennium Academy, before becoming principal of SouthWest Edgecombe High School and then advancing to his current position as associate superintendent for human resources and athletics of Edgecombe County Public Schools. 

Whichard said his excitement about his new role is tempered by his feelings about leaving Edgecombe County. 

“This is emotional for me,” Whichard said. “I love the people here and I have developed relationships with so many people in the school district and in the community. Edgecombe County is a great place and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

Susan Hoke,communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools, said the school district is sad to see him go but excited about his new opportunities.

“He will be missed here, but he will make a great superintendent for Whiteville City Schools,” Hoke said.

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