We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Barnes, of White Oak High School, has been named the 2020-2021 Wells Fargo Onslow County Schools Principal of the Year.
On the morning of Wednesday, October 14, Dr. Barnes was greeted at the entrance of his school and surprised with the news by OCS district leaders and Baord of Education members, as well as some of his teachers and staff. He was treated to kind words and lighthearted jokes from OCS Chief of Human Resources and Student Services Dr. CJ Korenek and Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins.
Dr. Barnes has been an educator with OCS for more than 20 years, with 17 of those years spent as an administrator. He started with the district by helping around the county office in the summer of 1993. Following that, he was hired to teach at Richlands High School in 1997 and has since worked at several OCS sites. He has spent the last four years at WOHS, to which his staff says he brings a culture of family, teamwork and pride.
A committee comprised of community members, district staff members, and last year's principal of the year interviewed six finalists before selecting an OCS principal of the year.
Next, Dr. Barnes will go on to compete at the regional level.