Barbee and Trantham are new Canton principals

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Jun 26, 2014
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The Haywood County Board of Education voted on two vacant principal positions at Canton schools during a called meeting last week.

During the meeting, Superintendent Anne Garrett recommended Todd Barbee as new principal at Canton Middle School and Belinda Trantham as new principal at North Canton Elementary School. The board  approved the recommendation unanimously.

The principals will assume the role for the 2014-15 school season. Barbee will be leaving his current position as principal at North Canton Elementary School to Trantham, who will be leaving her current position as assistant principal at Clyde Elementary School.

Barbee has degrees from UNC-Wilmington and Marshall University, has been a Boy Scout district executive, has seven years of experience teaching exceptional children and was the assistant principal at Pisgah High School for five years, Garrett said.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Garrett and Dr. Nolte and the board for their vote of confidence in me and the honor of serving the young people in Haywood County,” Barbee said during the meeting. “Two years ago, I stood here ready for new adventure in elementary world, and at North Canton Elementary School, I found great children and extremely hard working teachers. It has been my privilege to work with those teach and educate children for the north Canton community.”

Barbee thanked the NCES lead teacher Jill Mann for being an excellent role model and said he was looking forward to continuing the path of excellence laid forth by former CMS principal Travis Collins.

“I feel as if I’m finally going home because many years ago that’s where I started my teaching career, down in the dungeon,” Barbee joked about CMS. “I want to thank my family for supporting me in my decision. I look forward to working with the students, parents, faculty and the entire Canton community to bring out the best in our students.”

Trantham has been working with Haywood County Schools for a total of 27 years, and has worn many hats, including serving as a bus driver, teacher’s assistant, a lead teacher and has recently been serving as an assistant principal.

After Garrett announced Trantham as the new NCES principal, she made her way up to the podium in front of the school board beaming.

“Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity — I had no idea a long time ago when I started driving a bus that I would ever be in this position,” Trantham said. “I will continue to work hard do what’s best for kids, I will always give 100 percent. I look forward to going to NCES for a new adventure … I am so proud to be a employee of Haywood County Schools and I look forward to the next adventure.”