West Bladen’s new principal is introduced

Valerie Newton Special to the Journal

March 4, 2014

DUBLIN — With 12 years of leadership experience in public schools, Wesley Floyd is set to steer West Bladen on a continued course of academic success.

Bladen County Schools Sup’t. Robert Taylor introduced Wesley Floyd to an audience of staff, students, parents, and community members at the school’s meet and greet Monday evening.

“I have found Mr. Floyd to be a compassionate educator while at the same time being a professional leader.” said Taylor. “He has demonstrated experience and clearly understands how education must be innovative to reach all types of students.”

Before handing over the keys to the building, interim principal Wade Lowry assured West Bladen stakeholders they would be in great hands under the direction of Floyd. Though Lowry’s time at West has been short, he developed a relationship with the school that he won’t soon forget.

“These students at West are just awesome kids.” said Lowry. “I have been so impressed with what they bring to the school and I will miss truly miss them.” When asked what he would do going back into retirement, he responded, “I’m going to get back to my music, playing guitar especially, and recommit to providing Sunday School lessons each Sunday at my church.”

Prior to coming to West Bladen, Floyd has served as a principal at both the elementary and middle school level and been an assistant principal at all grade levels. His last position was as the director of the Learning Acceleration Program with the Public Schools of Robeson County. LAP serves 300 at-risk students at two site locations. The purpose of LAP is to provide opportunities for students who display the need to learn in an alternative education setting using technology as the framework.

“This is a paradigm shift for me coming into West Bladen.” said Floyd. “Just last week, I was in the home of one of my LAP students, trying to get them out of the bed and into school and now today I’m standing in the atrium of West Bladen — a school that is well organized and academically moving in the right direction.”

Floyd shared with the audience his goals as principal: Maintain a safe environment for students and staff; provide quality opportunities for students; and engage and communicate with the community for continuous school improvement.

“I promise to be the best principal that I can be for this school.” said Floyd. “It takes more than just me to make a school successful; it takes everybody.”

Floyd is coming full circle back to Bladen County — his wife Elizabeth graduated from Bladenboro High School, he buys his peanuts from Clifton Kinlaw, he gets his hair cut in Dublin and his in-laws live in Butters.

“This is like coming back home,” he said.