Chatham County Schools approve three new district staff members

Pittsboro, NC – On April 3, 2023, the Chatham County Board of Education approved three new district employees.

John Wood

Mr. John V. Wood was named the new Public Information Officer. Wood currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Clayton High School. He has served as educator and coach for Durham and Johnston County schools for the past 15 years. Wood also has several years of broadcast journalism experience, serving as assignment editor and news producer for several stations across the country. Wood is currently in the process of getting his Doctorate in education for K-12 Public Administration from NC State University.

“Chatham County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina, and I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to join this amazing school district.” Wood said. “I bring 30 years of journalism and educational leadership experience to this position, and I hope to continue highlighting the incredible things our students, staff, and community stakeholders are already doing. Being visible and available to our stakeholders is a goal of mine, and I look forward to seeing every CCS campus.”

Diane Sloan

Mrs. Diane Sloan was named the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Board Clerk. Sloan has served Chatham County Schools in various capacities over the past decade, most recently as Licensure/Benefits Specialist. Sloan has over 30 years of experience serving in bookkeeping and office management roles for accounting and business firms, managing finances and client tax files.

“As a parent of two Northwood graduates and a Pittsboro resident, I have always felt a deep sense of loyalty and dedication to this community,” said Sloan. “I feel confident that I can contribute to what makes Chatham County Schools a special place to work, live and raise children. I hope that my efforts will help facilitate the processes, practices and policies that help make Chatham County Schools a critical part of the larger community.”

Melody Dark

Ms. Melody Dark was named the Program Coordinator for One Academy. In this new role, Dark will lead the district’s non-traditional programs that provide support to students who need an alternative pathway to their high school diploma. Dark has 18 years of service as an educator, all with Chatham County schools.

She currently serves as Assistant Principal at George Moses Horton Middle School. Previously she served as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach and Healthful Living Teacher during her 15-year tenure at Jordan-Matthews High School.

“This is home – so to serve the community that ultimately shaped me as a student, a person and a professional is humbling and rewarding,” said Dark. “ It only seems natural for me to give back. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my mission to positively impact and uplift the students of Chatham County.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have the internal capacity to fill these key vacancies from within and the attractiveness to recruit and secure highly qualified external talent,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “I look forward to working with all three of these individuals in their new roles.”