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A new superintendent

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Staff writers

The School Board on Friday unanimously tapped controversial Mecklenburg County School Superintendent Dr. James Thornton to the helm of Isle of Wight County Schools.

Thornton will assume his new role on July 1, replacing current Isle of Wight Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera. Perera, who joined Isle of Wight in 2011, is resigning on June 30 to move closer to family in Louisiana.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with the School Board, faculty, staff, and the community of Isle of Wight County,” said Thornton. “I believe in a culture of excellence in which students and educators create beautiful, quality work. “I look forward to meeting everyone soon.”

Thornton leaves Mecklenburg with a series of controversies in his wake.

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