Ron Payne

Candidate For Dare County School Board

Ron Payne holds a Masters Education Degree in Leadership and Human Development and a Bachelors Degree in Health and Physical Education.

As an experienced, successful and effective leader in education, it only makes sense that successful educational leaders that know and understand the field of education be members of Boards of Education. As a teacher, department chair, assistant principal and principal, I have 23 years of success in public education. I have taught at the university level in the subject areas of Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management and have administrative experience at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

My family is from Stumpy Point, NC. My grandad was a waterman, boatbuilder and Post Master in Stumpy Point, both he and my grandmother are charter members of Shiloh Methodist Church in Stumpy Point. My dad was born and raised in Stumpy Point, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, the Medical College of Virginia and was the first dentist in Manteo.

The main focus of the Board, administration, teachers, students and parents should be that of student and academic achievement. Teachers and administrators must have all of the tools necessary to provide our students with the best possible education so that they are very well prepared for life after high school whether it be college or university, technical or trade school, the military, entrepreneurship, or the work force. Our students should be critical thinkers and learn to be life-long learners!

If you have an idea or concern, I will listen, because we all must work as a team to ensure that Dare County Public Schools improve every year and strive to be the best school district in the State of North Carolina and a model for other schools to follow!

Please feel free to contact me and I look forward to having your support in the upcoming November election.

Thank you,
Ron Payne



Elementary School Administration
P. W. Moore Elementary School – Pasquotank Elementary School
Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools
Elizabeth City, NC 2016-2017

After a successful assignment as principal of Northeastern High School I was assigned to two low performing elementary schools to provide strategic leadership to administration and faculty so as to bring both schools out of low performing status.

Principal, Northeastern High School
Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools
Elizabeth City, NC 2012-2016

  • Administrator of the Year 2013-14 ECPPSEOP
  • President – Northeastern Coastal Athletic Conference, 2012-2016
  • North Carolina High School Athletic Association Realignment Committee
  • Elizabeth City State University School of Education Workshop Instructor, 2013-2017
  • State Superintendent Recognition – College Board 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll
  • Increased graduation rate – 88% to 94.7%
  • Decreased Drop-out Rate to .24%, one of the lowest in North Carolina
  • Exceeded State Expectations
  • Highest growth rate for ECPPS School District for 3 years, (12 schools)
  • Increased State Composite score 5% points in first six months of leadership
  • Lowest District Teacher Turnover, (12 Schools)
  • Dramatically reduced student failure rate
  • Lowered student absenteeism
  • Increased SAT and ACT scores
  • Implemented Teacher Leadership Strategy and Professional Learning Communities
  • Produced and Implemented Technology Initiative Pilot
  • Supervised a total school staff of 93, 860 students

Assistant Principal, Adult Career Development Center
Richmond Public Schools
Richmond, VA. 2009-2012

  • Developed and administered Richmond Public School District Dropout Prevention Initiative
  • Produced and administered district-wide professional development for all elementary and secondary zero-experienced teachers – instructional strategies and classroom management
  • Supervised 7 of 12 programs which included, Performance Learning Center for high school drop-out students and struggling high school students – increased graduation rate from 19 students to 210 students in a two-year time period, CTE Culinary Program, Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, High School GED Program, Adult GED Program, ESL and Adult ESL
  • Supervised Exceptional Education, Math, History, English, Richmond Public Schools Security
  • OL Testing Coordinator
  • Coordinated Master Schedule
  • Directed Community Relations Committee

Assistant Principal, Huguenot High School
Richmond Public Schools
Richmond, VA. 2006-2009

  • Supervised Exceptional Education, Science, Math, English, ROTC, Health and Physical Education, Richmond Public Schools
    Security Staff, Custodial Staff
  • Provided effective instructional leadership and professional development
  • SOL Test Coordinator
  • Developed School Budget
  • Supervised Athletic Program
  • Coordinated Master Schedule

Assistant Principal, York High School
York County School Division
Yorktown, VA 2003-2006

  • Supervised International Baccalaureate Program
  • Provided instructional leadership and effective staff development
  • Provided positive community relations
  • Data analysis and implementation of school budget
  • Supervised Exceptional Education, English, Science, Health and Physical Education, Custodial
  • Supervised Athletics

Summer School Principal
Department Chair, Health and Physical Education
Falling Creek Middle School
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Chesterfield, VA 2002-2003

Department Chair, Health and Physical Education
Atlee High School
Hanover County Public Schools
Mechanicsville, VA 1997-2002

Sports Director – Event Management
Virginia Special Olympics
Richmond, VA 1992-1997

Head Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem NC 2001-2002



Master of Arts, Leadership and Human Development
The George Washington University
Washington, DC, 2003

Bachelor of Science, Health and Physical Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, 1978

Achievements and Committees


Elizabeth City State University School of Education Workshop Instructor, 2013-2017

North Carolina High School Athletic Association Realignment Committee, 2016

President, Northeastern Coastal Athletic Conference 2012 – 2016

Chesterfield Public School Budget Review Committee, 2003

MTSS/ PBIS District Committee, Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools

Richmond Public Schools 360 Administration Assessment Review Committee, 2003

Created Richmond Public Schools Dropout Prevention Initiative, 2009

Healthy York County Schools Division Committee, 2004

York County Schools Building Renovation Committee, 2003

Atlee High School Budget Review Committee, 2001

Special Olympics World Games Committee, Virginia 1995

NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four Committee, 1994 – VCU

Coordinator, NCAA Kodak All-American/Virginia Special Olympics Basketball Clinic

Elizabeth City Pasquotank Schools Leadership Academy

Richmond Public Schools Leadership Academy

York County School Leadership Academy

Hanover County Leadership Academy

University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Next Generation Academy

Presenter – Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals Annual Conference 2005