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Role changes in JCPS, Area Assistant Superintendents

Under the direction of Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby, three staff members in leadership positions have been assigned new roles to support the growing needs of the district. 

These positions are not new positions, nor do they carry any additional funding or raises to the staff assigned to these roles, according to Causby.

Each Area Assistant Superintendent is assigned a region of the district and will provide support and customer service to schools in their specific region. The roles of Area Assistant Superintendent are assigned to Dr. David Pearce, Patty Whittington, and Dr. Ben Williams.

Pearce will serve the Southwest Region of the district. Whittington will serve schools in the Central Region, while Williams will assist schools in the Northeast Region. Specifically, they will provide day to day assistance to principals and parents for the 45 schools in the district as needs arise.

“As a district of more than 37,000 students and the 7th largest school system in the state, it is essential to provide this level of service to meet the needs of our schools,” said Causby. “These positions are under my direct supervision and will be of great value to our school system.”

Pearce, Whittington, and Williams currently work in the district office as administrative officers, where they oversee and directly manage district level administrative responsibilities and tasks. The role of Area Assistant Superintendent will not affect these already assigned responsibilities, but provide a direct contact to the three regions of the district.

Pearce has 18 years of experience and a doctorate in Educational Administration. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. 

Whittington has 26 years of experience and holds a Master of School Administration degree. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Director of Elementary Curriculum. 

Williams has 20 years of experience and a doctorate in Educational Administration. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

JCPS Area Assistant Superintendent Assignments    
2019-2020

Dr. David Pearce
Southwest Region

Dr. Ben Williams
Northeast Region

Patty Whittington
Central Region

Benson ES
Benson MS
Cleveland ES
Cleveland HS
Cleveland MS
Dixon Road ES
Four Oaks ES
Four Oaks MS
McGee’s Crossroads ES
McGee’s Crossroads MS
Meadow School
Polenta ES
South Johnston HS
Swift Creek MS
West Johnston HS
West View ES

Archer Lodge MS
Choice Plus
Corinth Holders HS
Corinth-Holders ES
Glendale-Kenly ES
Micro ES
North Johnston HS
North Johnston MS
Pine Level ES
Princeton ES
Princeton Middle/High
River Dell ES
Riverwood ES
Riverwood MS

Clayton HS
Clayton MS
Cooper Academy
East Clayton ES
Innovation Academy
JC Career & Technical Leadership Academy
JC Early College Academy
Powhatan ES
Selma ES
Selma MS
Smithfield MS
Smithfield-Selma HS
South Smithfield ES
West Clayton ES
West Smithfield ES
Wilson’s Mills ES