We may not know what students will attend the new Mint Hill high school, but we do know who the principal will be. CMS announced today Mark Nixon, current principal at East Meck, will take the helm of the new high school when it begins a little more than one year from now. Rad more about Nixon in next week’s Mint Hill Times. Here’s the CMS press release…Principals named for new CMS schools
Leaders chosen for new Bailey Road, Mint Hill high schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2009 – Dr. Peter C. Gorman named principals for two new high schools scheduled to open for the 2010-2011 school year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Dr. Terri Cockerham will be the principal of the new Bailey Road high school. Mark Nixon will be the principal of the new Mint Hill high school.
Cockerham is currently principal of Providence High School. She took that position in 2005, after being principal of Eastway Middle School from 1997 to 2005. She has also been an assistant principal at South Mecklenburg High, Smith Middle and Smith Junior High schools. Cockerham started her career with CMS in 1983 as an interim teacher at Olympic and East Mecklenburg high schools. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s and doctorate from UNC Charlotte. She also received her Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Administration from UNC Charlotte.
“I look forward to working with parents, students and members of the new Bailey Road high school community,” Cockerham said. “I will miss the Providence High family, but I know I will bring that school’s successes with me as we build a new Bailey Road family.”
Nixon has been principal of East Mecklenburg High School for the past seven years. He was named assistant principal at East Meck in 1995. Nixon started his career with CMS in 1976 and has taught at South Mecklenburg, Independence and Myers Park high schools, as well as Sedgefield and South Charlotte middle schools. Nixon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and has also completed post-graduate coursework at Ohio State University in Columbus.
“East Meck has been my home for 14 years, and the students and staff have shared high and low points with me,” said Nixon. “I’ll be sad to leave East Meck, but I am excited about the opportunity to plan and staff the new Mint Hill high school and create a new school community.”
The new Bailey Road high school is under construction on Bailey Road in Cornelius. The new 99-classroom school will relieve overcrowding at North Meck and Hopewell high schools. The new Mint Hill high school is under construction on Truelight Church Road in Mint Hill and will relieve overcrowding at Independence, Butler and East Mecklenburg high schools.
Cockerham and Nixon will begin their new assignments July 1.