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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An administrator who once led Pender County Schools on an interim basis is leaving the school district.

This week the Pender County Board of Education accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Rachel Manning. She’s leaving to become Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Duplin County Schools. Manning’s resignation is effective May 13.

During her time in Pender County, Manning served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent.

“We will miss Mrs. Manning’s focus on success for all students and thank her for service to students, staff, and the district,” Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb said in a statement. “Wwe wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Manning is excited about her upcoming job assignment.

“It is an honor to be chosen for this position, and I am excited to join a school district with such a clear vision for student success,” she said in a statement. “I look forward being a part of the Duplin County Schools family.”

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  • Topsail True

    Uhhhhh I’m not sure who Dr. Cobb is referring to when she says “We will miss her.” There are way more people in this county that are ecstatic to see her go than there are that are sad. Trust me, Pender County Schools will be much better off without her. Now that her bff Sholar is gone, she’s now gone too, it’s about time. I wasn’t a big Dr. Cobb supporter at first but she is cleaning house in central office, which has been a long time coming, so I’m warming up to her a little bit more. Duplin County is going to be regretting this hire.

  • Guest123456

    Wow…typical Hampstead resident and outside view complaining because tough decisions were made about improving student success that impacted your beloved Topsail schools. Remember, the house that is being cleaned out included a popular principal from your area. Also, PCS saw tremendous improvement in scores, graduation rates, and most importantly, student learning under her leadership. I have friends in the school district and they say that morale is at an all-time low and nobody knows what’s going on. Worse than before. Duplin County will be excited and grow when she brings her knowledge of improving student achievement and learning there.

  • Guest342

    Ms. Manning’s departure is a huge loss in leadership for Pender County Schools. Her focus over the past 18+ years as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent has always been on what is best for students. She will be truly missed. Pender County Schools loss is a huge gain for Duplin County Schools. Good luck Mrs. Manning!

  • The Grim Reaper

    She finally got what she deserved! She has been a power-hungry and insecure facsimile of a human being her whole life. She is now paying for all those carreers she ruined. She is also paying for those people, including the present and past supernintendents, that she has stabbed in the back. at least the new superintendent is being proactive. Getting rid of Rachel is the only way a superintendent could be successful.

  • Pender’s Friend

    Things are better today in Pender county knowing that Mrs. Manning’s reign of terror is over. For too long she has been a roadblock to success for our children. She, and the power she always seemed to grab, came before anyone else. She did not hesitate to stab her coworker in the back if it meant more accolades for her. Duplin has bee duped!

  • The Grim Reaper

    You have no clue what you are talking about. Are you Rachel Manning? Dr. Cobb is extremely smart in getting rid of those who are vindictive. People who had opinions and stood up to Rachel’s immoral tyranny were always tormented by her. Duplin, look out! Here she comes! She has female Napolean Syndrome!

  • Close to the flame

    Your support of Sholar’s Henchman can leave little doubt that you are actually Rachel Manning. We who live this life of service know the real deal. Graduation rates have increased because schools have been told by the likes of Manning to pass the students on and graduate more at all costs; ask industry how they like that product. Scores have improved solely on the backs of the teachers, not some power hungry administrator. “…student learning under her leadership.!?!?!!” I guess you would call a cowpoke with a cattle prod a leader since the cattle did what he wanted them to. Learning, like test scores is due to the dedication of the teachers. Morale has been VERY low during Manning’s reign, but ask the staff now, morale is picking up. It is refreshing to see Dr. Cobb has a backbone and is cleaning out that henhouse. As for the principal you refer to, he was a goner before Sholar was the first rat to jump ship; she made certain of that. I see many colleagues smiling more and beginning to close ranks behind Dr. Cobb since the announcement that Manning is leaving. Walk a mile in a teacher’s shoes before you sing te praises of a departing dictator.

  • Concerned Parent

    Someone needs to find out why the assistant superintendent’s office was moved to a high school and its job desc rewritten.

  • Concerned Parent

    This just in. Dr Steve Sullivan, principal of Trak HS has been hired by NHC as principal at Hoggard.


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