Onslow County Schools announce virtual school principal


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Onslow County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins announced the current Dixon High School Principal Steve Clarke has been selected to head up the district’s new K-12 virtual school.

Clarke will begin his duties as principal of the Onslow Virtual School effective immediately.

He began his educational career with OCS in 1997 teaching math and science at Trexler
Middle School. From 1999-2010, Clarke taught Algebra, Journalism and Health and Physical
Education at Richlands High School, where he also served as athletic director.

From 2010-2012, he was an assistant principal at White Oak High. Clarke was named principal of Southwest Middle School in 2012, and in December 2014 took on the role of principal at Dixon High School.

Dr. Collins is also announced the current Jacksonville High School Assistant Principal Colin Smith will replace Clarke as principal of Dixon High School effective August 1, 2020.


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Part of Onslow County’s plan to reopen schools involves giving parents an option to avoid in-person classes altogether.

That’s why school officials are announcing the opening of Onslow Virtual School. It is a full-time online learning institution.

Onslow Virtual School is the district’s only full-time, K-12th grade remote instruction program.

It will run like a traditional school with teachers, a school counselor, and a principal, but everything will be online.

Each student will receive a device to access their school work. Director of community affairs for Onslow County Schools Brent Anderson says the IT department is making sure every student has access to WIFI. The school is working to get students portable WIFI hotspots for those who lack internet access.

Onslow Virtual School has been in the works before the pandemic, but COVID sped up the timeline for administrators.

As of Friday, 2,600 students have shown interest in the online learning program. District officials have to finalize their paperwork before they have a better idea of how many teachers will be needed for each grade level.

Anderson emphasizes the program is an option and not mandatory for students. The board of education unanimously voted Thursday evening to move forward with option one for students who would like to return to school on August 17.

“We’ll have the Plan B option for our traditional schools doing the 50 percent capacity,​ and working on that, but we’ll also have the virtual option, available through the school,” said Anderson.

Registration for Onslow Virtual School is Wednesday, July 22.

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