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Pender County Schools announces principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle

posted Jul 12, 2018, 9:25 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 9:25 AM ]
Pender County Schools announces principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle

Pender County Schools is excited to announce the following principal appointments for Burgaw Elementary and Burgaw Middle:


Burgaw Elementary

Stephen Buchanan, current student services coordinator for Pender County Schools, has been named principal of Burgaw Elementary. Mr. Buchanan brings 22 years of experience to BES, having also served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was recognized as Pender County Schools Principal of the Year in 2012. Mr. Buchanan obtained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“I’m looking forward to building upon relationships with the community and working with staff and students to help Burgaw Elementary reach its fullest potential,” Mr. Buchanan said.







Burgaw Middle
Jeffrey Swanson, currently an Assistant Principal at Heide Trask High School, has been named principal of Burgaw Middle School. Mr. Swanson brings 18 years of experience to BMS, having served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and assistant principal. Mr. Swanson earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

“I’m excited to bring my high school experience to the middle school level,” Mr. Swanson said. “Serving as a high school administrator for the past several years has provided me with the opportunity to understand and recognize the skills students need to learn in middle school in order to ensure success at the high school level.”