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NED BLAKE NAMED PRINCIPAL AT JPTMS

FCSD3 BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES NED BLAKE AS PRINCIPAL AT J. PAUL TRULUCK MIDDLE SCHOOL

AUGUST 5, 2010

LAKE CITY, SC - The Florence County School District Three Board of Trustees approved the superintendent's recommendation to appoint Ned Blake as principal of J. Paul Truluck Middle School for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board gave approval to the appointment during a called meeting Monday, August 5.

"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity the superintendent and board of trustees have given me," Blake said after the meeting. "I'm looking forward to building strong relationships with the students and staff as well as our parents and community. We all will need to work closely together to ensure the success of our students."

Other school administrative changes include moving Katherene Tisdale from J. Paul Truluck Middle to J.C. Lynch Elementary School as an assistant principal and transferring J.C. Lynch Elementary assistant principal Cutina Barrineau to J. Paul Truluck Middle.

"Some late summer resignations gave us an opportunity to enhance our leadership at both the elementary and middle school levels," said Superintendent Beth M. Wright. "This also allowed us to look ahead to the 2011-2012 school year when federal stimulus money will not be available to pay the salaries for certain positions."

Blake most recently was an assistant principal at Ronald E. McNair Middle School. He also served as assistant principal at J. Paul Truluck Middle for two years. Blake also taught English enrichment and assistant basketball coach at Lake City High School and 7th grade social studies at J. Paul Truluck Middle. He began his career in Florence County School District Three in 1999 as a long-term substitute teacher.

Blake earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Claflin College and a Master's degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He is certified as an elementary and middle school social studies teacher as well as a secondary principal and secondary supervisor.