Pake to lead BCECHS

Published 9:03 pm Thursday, October 11, 2012

Emily Pake was named principal of the Beaufort County Early College High School during a special called meeting of the Beaufort County Board of Education on Tuesday.
Currently an assistant principal at P.S. Jones Middle School, Pake began her career with Beaufort County Schools as a teacher at Washington High School in 2005. She remained at Washington High School until the 2009-2010 school year when she made the move to administration at P.S. Jones Middle School.
“We are confident Emily will be a good fit for the Early College High School,” said Dr. Don Phipps, superintendent. “Her experience at both the high school and middle school levels will be an asset for students transitioning into the program. Also, she is a true team player and that will mean a great deal to both students and staff.”
Pake will be only the second principal of the Early College, stepping in behind Dr. Todd Blumenreich who recently left the system.
Bettie Davis, who is the current director of the SPLASH 21st Century Learning Program at S.W. Snowden Elementary School, was named their half-time assistant principal. Davis takes over for June Zurface who took a curriculum position with the system.
Davis began with Beaufort County Schools as a teacher at Northeast Elementary School in 1997 and remained in the classroom for 10 years.
She then ran the 21st Century Learning Program at Washington High School until taking her current position in 2008. She will remain with the SPLASH program and serve the administrative role half-time.
“It means a great deal that we have ideal candidates for positions such as these within our own school family,” Phipps said. “We will strive to continue fostering an environment where our existing employees always have opportunities for advancement. We want to keep the very best right here in Beaufort County.”