The Lincoln County Board of Education held a special called meeting Tuesday evening (June 1st) and approved three new principal assignments.
Kelly Saine was named as the principal at S. Ray Lowder Elementary. Mrs. Saine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s in Reading and Language Arts from Appalachian State University in 2005, and her School Leadership Graduate Certification, also from Appalachian State, in 2019.
Mrs. Saine has served as an Assistant Principal at West Lincoln Middle School since 2018, and held the Instructional Facilitator Position at WLMS for the 2017-2018 school year. Before moving to administration, Mrs. Saine taught third and fourth grades from 2006-2017 at Norris Childers Elementary, served as the Title One Teacher at North Brook 2005-2006 and at West Lincoln Middle 2004-2005, taught third grade at Love Memorial 1999-2004, and at Battleground 1996-1999.
Superintendent Dr. Allen said, “Kelly brings a strong background of elementary experience combined with her time in middle school that will most definitely enhance her leadership at S. Ray Lowder. I have full confidence in her ability to be a strong influencer and champion for the students and community.” Mrs. Saine replaces Scott Carpenter, who was recently named as the new principal at Lincolnton High School. She will assume her new role on June 14th.
Murphy Post will become the principal at Pumpkin Center Intermediate. Mr. Post graduated from Appalachian State University in the NC Teaching Fellows Program with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History, Secondary Education in 2007. He received his Master's of School Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2020.
Post has served as Assistant Principal at Lyle Creek Elementary in Catawba County since 2018. Prior to this role, Post taught Social Studies at St. Stephens High School from 2007-2018, where he also served as Varsity Head Basketball Coach from 2011-2018.
Of Mr. Post, Dr. Allen said, “Murphy brings energy, excitement, and a strong sense of leadership to PCI. He has the highest recommendations from leaders in Catawba County where he currently works. He is data driven, insightful, and has a passion for making solid relationships. I am excited for the Pumpkin Center community to get to know him.” Mr. Post will replace Marie Ashford, who was recently named as principal at Catawba Springs Elementary. He will assume the new role July 1st.
Mark Grega was named principal at Asbury Academy. Mr. Grega graduated from Fairmont State University in 1994 with a BA in Elementary Education. He earned a Master’s Degree in Community and Agency Counseling from Marshall University in 2001. The following year, Grega obtained an Add-on Certificate in School Counseling, also from Marshall. In 2006, he earned an Add-on Certificate in School Administration from Salem International University.
Grega has served as principal of Pressly Alternative School in the Iredell-Statesville School System since 2017. From 2005-2017, Grega served as principal of Monticello Alternative School, also in the Iredell-Statesville School System. Grega also served as the Student Services Coordinator from 2008 – Spring 2015, adding Dean of Students responsibilities in 2013. He served as a Middle School Counselor at West Iredell Middle School from 2006-2008, a High School Counselor at Lake Norman High School from 2005-2006, and Family Services Supervisor in Parkersburg, WV from 2002-2005.
OF him, Dr. Allen said, “Mark has experience that will serve our school system well. His background makes him the perfect fit for Asbury and our community. He has a calm demeanor combined with a passion for helping all students succeed. Mark will step in behind what Dr. Penley has started and will make the connections, programs, and relationships continue to thrive and flourish- all for the benefit of our students. I am excited to see where Mark takes Asbury in the years to come.” Mr. Grega will replace Dr. Beth Penley, who has been hired as the Assistant Superintendent of Newton Conover City Schools. He will assume the new position later in July.