Superintendent Andrew Houlihan recognized Union County Public Schools leaders earlier this month for their exceptional work in the district.
Houlihan recognized Walter Bickett Elementary School Principal Jamie Benfield; Porter Ridge High School Principal Bashawn Harris; and Sun Valley Middle School Principal Vicki Merritt during the Jan. 5 general principals meeting.
The superintendent honors principals each month with the Team UCPS Leadership Award, a certificate of appreciation and a Team UCPS hat.
Benfield was honored for being proactive in exposing her students to college and career readiness when she took advantage of a Free Education Day at UNC Charlotte, which her entire fourth grade took part in.
Merritt and Harris were commended for communicating with parents, while handling delicate matters, in a proactive, professional manner that is driven around customer service, according to a news release.
Houlihan said he could recognize all UCPS principals with examples of good parental communication, but that Merritt and Harris have been exemplary in that area.
The superintendent also recognized retiring UCPS Facilities Director Don Hughes with a Team UCPS hat, saluting his 11 years of service. He was praised for his accomplishments, which included his role in the construction of more than two million square feet of school buildings.
Hughes was instrumental in the construction of many schools and helped to implement energy saving initiatives in custodial products and UCPS construction.