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Chris Duncan hired for district office position

Chris Duncan hired for district office position
Posted on 04/14/2022
Arlington High’s principal of the past nine years will be moving down the road to the district office next school year. Chris Duncan, Arlington High’s principal since 2013, has been hired as the Specialized Projects Administrator.

As Specialized Projects Administrator, Duncan’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing middle and high school athletics, transportation services district-wide and special projects that may arise over time. For district athletics, Duncan will be charged with overseeing the nearly 50 sport teams in ACS, including varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school teams, assisting principals with developing and evaluating athletic programs, recruiting top-tiered coaches, serving as the district liaison for TSSAA and advising on capital improvement projects related to athletics.

He’ll also coordinate transportation services for ACS by working closely with Durham Bus Services and law enforcement crossing guards to ensure safe and effective transportation standards while fielding bus-related questions and concerns from parents. Additionally, he will help manage various special projects, including the ACS sponsorship program, grant proposals and TDOE initiatives that require administrator oversight.

“Having been the leader of a large, comprehensive high school, Mr. Duncan brings a wealth of administrative experience to this position,” Superintendent Jeff Mayo said. “It will be an added benefit to have him on-site to work with school transportation coordinators as well as parents and students regarding transportation-related matters.”

“With school athletics, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that often goes unnoticed, from scheduling games and facilities requests, managing TSSAA compliance, organizing various coaching staff trainings and booster meetings – there are many logistics that must be handled,” Mayo continued. “It’s exciting to have a single point of contact in these areas from someone with Mr. Duncan’s level of expertise from both the administrative and coaching perspective.”

Duncan first joined AHS as assistant principal in 2007, eventually working his way to the vice principal and principal seats. During this time, he oversaw the expansion and addition of several sports programs and assisted with several capital improvement projects, including the wrestling/multi-purpose facility, indoor athletic facility with girls softball and soccer loccer rooms, turf installation, STEMHub renovation and various enhancement projects in the school. Duncan’s professional background also includes more than 21 years of coaching experience, which includes several district, regional and state titles as a coach.

“After working 30 years in education as a teacher, administrator and coach, I’m looking forward to this new challenge,” Duncan said. “I’m mostly excited to assist with enhancing the collaboration between our middle and high school sports. Giving students exposure to competitive opportunities at a younger age will not only help them to realize their potential as an athlete but will assist them to be better prepared and developed athletically in high school and beyond – that’s how you can help them be successful in all aspects.”

Duncan begins his new position on July 1. He will also provide input to Superintendent Mayo and the interview committee during the principal selection process in the coming weeks.