James Ellerbe

A third superintendent has left the Innovative School District

BY: - August 20, 2021

The Innovative School District (ISD) is again without a superintendent. NC Department of Public Instruction spokeswoman Blair Rhoades has confirmed that James Ellerbe resigned as superintendent of the single-school district created by lawmakers in 2016 to improve academic achievement at low-performing schools. Rhoades said a search for a new superintendent has begun. In the meantime, […]

PW exclusive: State Board of Ed urged to jettison firm hired as part of controversial Innovative School District scheme

BY: - June 2, 2020

A confidential letter delivered to the State Board of Education alleges that the school management firm Achievement for All Children has failed to meet its contractual obligations in running Southside-Ashpole Elementary, to the detriment of its students. The letter, obtained by Policy Watch, recommends that state education officials terminate the contract — three years early — under which the firm oversees Southside-Ashpole, the lone school in the state’s controversial Innovative School District.

Veteran educator James Ellerbe appointed superintendent of state’s Innovative Schools District

BY: - July 11, 2019

Superintendent Mark Johnson didn’t waste much time naming a new superintendent for the state’s Innovative School District (ISD). On Thursday, Johnson announced that James Ellerbe will replace LaTeesa Allen as superintendent of the school district created to help turnaround low-performing schools. Allen’s last day on the job was June 28. N.C. Department of Public Instruction […]