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Alton Campbell, an assistant principal at Farmville Central High School, has been hired as the new principal at Northeastern High School, school officials announced on Wednesday.

Northeastern High School’s new principal will be coming to Elizabeth City from Pitt County where he currently serves as an assistant high school principal.

Alton Campbell, assistant principal at Farmville Central High School in Farmville, will begin his employment with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools on Aug. 1, school district officials said today.

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Larry Cartner’s recommendation to hire Campbell on Tuesday. Cartner declined to release Campbell’s name on Tuesday, saying the district would probably wait until Wednesday to introduce NHS’ new principal.

“Mr. Campbell will be an excellent addition to the ECPPS leadership team and will support and enhance the forward momentum of our district,” Cartner said in a prepared statement. “He is eagerly looking forward to working with the staff and serving the students at Northeastern.”

As Northeastern principal, Campbell will be paid $61,428 annually, school district officials said.

Campbell has been an educator for seven years, working as both a teacher and assistant principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in school administration from Elizabeth City State University.

"I am excited to join the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools district,” Campbell said in the prepared release. “I am also looking forward to the opportunity to build on the great tradition that already exists at Northeastern High School. ... I cannot wait to be a part of the community, nurture partnerships and create new ones to move Northeastern forward."

Campbell, a native of New York City, is a past member of Teach for America, the New York City-based nonprofit that recruits recent college graduates to become teachers in so-called “high-need” schools around the country. Teach for America educators commit to teach at least two years in a public or public charter K-12 school in a low-income area the nonprofit serves.

According to a profile of Campbell conducted by Teach for America, Campbell applied to Teach for America in 2009, hoping to land a job in a big city. Instead, he landed a job in Bertie County, in eastern North Carolina. 

Campbell told Teach for America that he thought he’d leave Bertie after completing his two-year commitment. During his second year of teaching there, however, Campbell realized he couldn’t leave behind the relationships he had built with his students and the community.

Campbell would go on to teach in Bertie for five years before deciding to return to Brooklyn. After only a year back home, however, Campbell decided to return to eastern North Carolina, taking a job at Farmville Central High School.

The NHS principal position came open July 1, after Ron Payne, who had been NHS principal for more than 3½ years, was reassigned by Cartner to work as an assistant principal at both P.W. Moore Elementary and Pasquotank Elementary schools. The move came after Payne had been placed on administrative leave with pay for approximately a week in early June.