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Clinton High leader gives resignation

The administrative team within Clinton City Schools will include one new face in the upcoming school year, as Clinton High School principal Dr. Steve Miller has announced his resignation.

Miller, who joined the Dark Horse staff in August 2013, said his last day with Clinton City Schools will be July 31. He says he is currently pursuing other opportunities in the education field.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to spend the last five years at Clinton High School,” Miller said Thursday morning about his recent resignation. “I have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into helping the school and students succeed.”

When Miller began with Clinton City Schools, he brought in a vast knowledge of helping freshmen transition into high school. During his tenure at CHS, he was instrumental in helping initiate and grow Peer Group Connection, a mentoring program designed to help freshmen be successful during their first year of high school.

“There are many challenges as a high school principal,” Miller shared. “Knowing the state standards that are being pushed, it was just a hard challenge to keep up with everything and everyone and feel as if I was doing what was in the best interest of the kids.”

During his time at the school, Miller was able to celebrate many successes. Last year, the school was among four districts in North Carolina to receive accolades for student achievement on Advance Placement testing. The school earned the distinguished honor of College Board District Honor Roll two years in a row — something Miller acknowledges as being one of his greatest accomplishments as principal.

“As principal of Clinton High School, I am proud of the work of the students, teachers, and counseling staff who have, for the second year in a row, earned the prestigious College Board District Honor Roll,” Miller said following last year’s announcement. “The students have accepted the challenge for equity and access to rigorous AP classes at Clinton High School and they have demonstrated tremendous growth in qualifying scores.”

In his five years at Clinton, Miller was part of a team that increased the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

“I respect the idea of equality and access for all,” Miller said about the accomplishments of the school in regards to AP testing.

Prior to working with Clinton High School, Miller was the assistant principal at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh for seven years. Originally from Philadelphia, Miller has 23 years in education, and earned his master’s degree in school administration in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies in 2008 from North Carolina State University.

In addition to Miller’s vacancy, the board is currently seeking a superintendent, who will be tasked with filling the vacant positions of assistant superintendent of human resources and finance director.

Miller has a wide variety of other valuable educational experiences including working as a high school academic intervention and testing coordinator, a lead trade and industrial education consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, a coordinator of student activities, competitive events, and information technology with the educational non-profit ExplorNet, and a middle school and high school teacher.

Prior to coming to Clinton, Miller says he knew of the district through colleagues, friends, student competitions and leadership training.

Having refereed to the district as “a gem,” Miller said that “it’s nice to have been a part of that (kind of community) because that’s what I hold dear. When everything else is tough and there’s adversity, you’re always going to have family, and if you’ve got family, you can get through it. And the school family is like an extension of my family.”

In response to the community’s already proven kindness, Miller shared that he wants the people of Clinton to know that he has enjoyed his time here and has no plans of leaving.

Miller’s last day will be July 31

By Kristy D. Carter

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