At West Charlotte High, every victory and setback carries the weight of history.
So when Timisha Barnes-Jones was named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools principal of the year Tuesday morning, it was more than just a celebration of one educator. She was hailed as a leader who has embodied and revitalized the spirit of a school that’s been at the heart of Charlotte’s black community for decades — and that symbolizes the district’s struggles with race, segregation and education.
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox talked about how test scores and graduation rates have risen in the five years that Barnes-Jones — known as Dr. TBJ to students and faculty — has led the school. He also cited the school’s achievements in community service, sports, band and a newly revived theater department.
“Everything is happening and moving in the right direction here,” Wilcox said.
by: Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer