OXFORD — J.F. Webb High School will be getting a new principal.
The incumbent, Amy Rice, is set to become the testing and accountability and K-12 science, arts, and STEM coordinator for the Granville County Public Schools. The move, announced this week, will see her replace Beth Cook, who’s retiring after 32 years of service to the district.
Rice — herself a graduate of J.F. Webb — has been principal of the Oxford high school for three years. Before that, she was the principal of Stovall-Shaw Elementary School for five years, assistant principal for 11 and a science teacher for eight.
Superintendent Alisa McLean said district officials “will work to ensure a smooth transition as we search” for Rice’s replacement at Webb.
“The JF Webb High School community deserves the highest caliber of leadership available and they will certainly have direct input into the selection process of their next school leader,” McLean said.
District officials plan to name an interim principal, and Rice will continue in office at Webb until the interim is named. Once the interim is named, the district will proceed with the screening and selection process for a permanent replacement.
As of now, there is no set time frame on when Granville school officials hope to find a new principal. Officials say they plan to have the interim named in two to three weeks as Rice transitions into her new role.
Jamar Perry, executive director for human resources, will lead a school-based committee to screen and interview candidates for the principal’s office. The selection committee will recommend finalists to McLean, who in turn will make a final recommendation to the school board for its approval.
“These last few years at Webb have been the most rewarding of my career,” Rice said. “Serving as principal at the school I graduated from and where I started my teaching career has been an honor. I move into this next role knowing the students will be well taken care of by the wonderful Warrior staff.”