The Apprentice Academy HS of NC (AAHSNC) Board of Directors derives its authority from NC Statute 115C-218.15. "The board of directors of the charter school shall decide matters related to the operation of the school, including budgeting, curriculum, and operating procedures." This statute provides for the establishment of AAHSNC as an independent public school linked to the NC Department of Public Instruction. The governance structure of the AAHSNC board consists of a Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The remaining board members have committee leadership responsibilities based upon their areas of expertise. The school's principal is a non-voting member of the board.
Governance functions and duties of the board include, but are not limited to: 1.Lead AAHSNC by establishing organizational policies that focus on results that will accomplish the school's mission. 2.Accept the collective responsibility of governing by using all of its members expertise and provide advice to the principal in those areas. 3.Regularly monitor and discuss the board's process and performance for continuous improvement. 4.Always know the status of meeting the board's goals to including having a strategy for meeting them. 5.Seek input from all stakeholders including staff, students, parents and other community stakeholders. 6.The board's decision making process will focus on productivity and success that leads to improved student learning. 7.All decisions will be by a majority vote with the expectation that said decisions will be supported by all members of the board.
Decisions of the board are to be executed by the school's principal.
All Board meetings are open to the public. To view meeting dates and minutes click HERE
Principal - Barry Ross
Barry received his B.A. degree in History from the University of Buffalo and his Master’s Degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University, where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in the same field. He has a total of 15 years’ experience in education, having been a special education teacher, a high school assistant principal and an alternative school principal.
Barry is also a retired combat veteran, having served for over 25 years in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his first deployment to Iraq, he was responsible for ensuring that the Ninewah Provincial Council, located in Mosul, was properly trained to lead their people after the first democratic elections were held in that country. During his second deployment, he was responsible for coordinating job creation and housing construction for Iraqi civilians in the provinces south of Baghdad.
Barry founded AAHSNC after recognizing that many students who were capable of attending college, but interested in pursuing other options, were missing a vocational pathway during their career exploration in high school. Barry believes in providing those students with the skills they need for high paying jobs upon graduation, using both their minds and their hands as valuable educational tools.
Assistant Principal - Kelli Kenner
Kelli Kenner is a passionate educator with two decades of education experience in the US and abroad. Fully certified K-12 French, and K-12 Administration in NC and Advanced Placement French, she earned her BA in French from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, where she also studied Spanish and German. Kelli earned the Master of Arts in Education from The University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS, and the Executive Leadership Studies School Administration Certificate from Gardner-Webb University, NC. She has taught French, English Language Arts, US History, Medieval History, and Latin. Kelli has served in a variety of leadership positions to include Foreign Language Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Principal. For the last 5 years, Kelli served as Director of Testing and Student Accountability at Oxford Preparatory School in Granville County.
Kelli is a proud Army Veteran, Army Wife, and Army/Air Force Mom of 5 grown children. She is excited to join Apprentice Academy High School of North Carolina as the Assistant Principal where she will bring her experience, compassion, and tireless devotion to the students and families of Monroe and surrounding communities. "Let's help make some dreams come true! Education and hard work unlocks the future."
In compliance with Federal Law, Apprentice Academy of North Carolina in all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the school's Title IX Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.
Apprentice Academy is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code