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Dr. LaChawn Smith. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.
Dr. LaChawn Smith. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

A longtime New Hanover County educator has been selected as an assistant superintendent.

Dr. LaChawn Smith, currently director of instructional services, has been named assistant superintendent of instruction and accountability. She will step into that position on March 1 to replace Dale Pelsey-Becton, who has announced her retirement.

Although she began her career as a special education teacher in Brunswick County, Smith has a long history with New Hanover County schools. She has previously served as assistant principal at Williston Middle, principal at Sunset Elementary and Charles P. Murray Middle and the district’s priority schools coach.

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, as well as a master’s degree in special education from Fayetteville State University. She also completed her doctorate in educational leadership at UNCW.

Read to Achieve meetings rescheduled

The New Hanover County Schools Department of Instruction and Academic Accountability has rescheduled two Read to Achieve informational meetings that were cancelled due to winter storms.

A session is set for 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Ogden Elementary School’s multipurpose room for parents of third graders from Blair, Castle Hayne, Murrayville, Wrightsboro and Ogden elementary schools.

Another session, for parents of third-grade students at those schools is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the multipurpose room of Eaton Elementary School.

For more information, contact Cynthia Shields at 254-4289.

District holds all-county concert

New Hanover County Schools presents the 2014 All-County Middle School and High School Band Festival Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Minnie Evans Arts Center, located at 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway.

The middle school band will be conducted by guest clinician Bonnie Weaver, band director at Riverwood Middle School in Clayton.

Dr. Timothy Altman, director of bands at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, is the guest clinician for the high school band.

More than 200 young musicians will perform at this free concert.