The Granville Board of Education named Dr. Michael T. Fuga as the new principal of J.F. Webb High School at its January meeting.
Fuga most recently was principal of Neal Middle School in Durham and has almost 20 years of experience in education. During his six years as principal at Neal, Fuga received Principal of the Year honors for the district. He has been an assistant principal, social studies teacher and athletic coach at the high school level, according to a press release from Dr. Stan Winborne, district associate superintendent and public information officer.
Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean said she is pleased to welcome Fuga to the district. “He comes highly recommended with a proven track record of improving outcomes for students,” McLean stated.
Under Fuga’s leadership, Neal went from a low-performing status to post some of the highest achievement results in its history. The school also “dramatically lowered both short- and long-term suspensions,” the press statement reported.
Fuga joins a leadership team that includes assistant principals Blondina Small, who served as interim principal, and Anthony Dickens.
Amy Rice, who had been principal at the high school, was named testing and accountability coordinator for the district.
Fuga holds an undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and a masters and doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.