State Charter School Office Finally Gets A Director

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced that a selection for director of Public Charter Schools has been made.

David Machado will serve as the new Director and that role begins July 1, 2016. Machaco currently is the head administrator at Lincoln Charter.  Machado replaces Adam Levinson.

Levinson was shifted into the charter director role after Race To The Top money dried up for his previous position. The re-arranging of deck chairs  in order to keep top paid people employed seems to be an emerging theme at DPI.

Press release from DPI; emphasis added is mine:

The State Board of Education today approved David Machado as the new director of the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools. Machado, chief administrator of the Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County, has served in that role for the past 12 years.

“David Machado is the right person to provide leadership for the continued advancement of quality public charter schools in North Carolina,” said Bill Cobey, chairman of the State Board of Education. “He is a success in the charter school community having presided over an exemplary charter school of more than 1,900 students, 205 staff members and two campuses. His leadership will be welcome at the Department and in the charter school community. “

Machado will begin his new role on July 1.

Cobey also thanked NCDPI’s Chief Performance Officer Adam Levinson, who has been serving as the interim director while the selection process was completed. “Mr. Levinson has provided outstanding leadership during this transition time,” Cobey said.

The Office of Charter Schools provides leadership and operational guidance to all of the state’s public charter schools and provides planning services to help new charter schools get off to a good start. 

Prior to joining Lincoln Charter School, Machado was a small business owner and manager. He is a graduate from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Has anyone in the media asked why Adam Levinson wasn’t made permanent?  Or actually, why he was chosen to be an interim at all?


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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