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Crutch named principal at Pasquotank High

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Juvanda Crutch

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Currituck County High School’s interim principal is leaving to take the principal’s job at Pasquotank County High School.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Superintendent Larry Cartner’s recommendation to hire Juvanda Crutch as PCHS’ new principal was approved by the ECCPS Board of Education, a press release from the school district said on Tuesday.

Crutch’s 16 years of experience in education include service as a teacher, instructional coordinator, assistant principal and interim principal.

“I am excited to join the ECPPS family and look forward to serving the students, staff and community of Pasquotank County High School,” Crutch said in the statement released by ECPPS.

Cartner said he is glad to have Crutch at PCHS.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Crutch join our administrative team and look forward to her leadership at Pasquotank County High School,” Cartner said. “She will be a tremendous asset to the ECPPS team of leaders and we look forward to working with and supporting her in her new role.”

Crutch succeeds Melvin Hawkins, who had been serving as interim principal at PCHS following the resignation of Bryan Ruffin, who left the school district on Feb. 19. Ruffin was on approved sick leave from October 2017 until the date of his resignation, a district spokeswoman said.

Reached Tuesday, Currituck Board of Education Chairman Bill Dobney said Crutch had been serving as interim principal at Currituck County High School.

“She was my choice for being a high school principal, but I guess we waited too long,” Dobney said.

Dobney said Crutch served effectively in Currituck for years.

“Juvanda had done an outstanding job for us in my opinion,” Dobney said. ”In whatever capacity she was in she always did an outstanding job.”

Crutch holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with a minor in secondary education, from Elizabeth City State University. She also holds a master’s degree in middle grades mathematics and school administration from East Carolina University.

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