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The Halifax County Board of Education this week named Tyus Few chair and Joyce Lashley vice chair.

Few has an extensive background with Halifax County Schools, working as an administrator at the central office for 30 years.

“After spending most of my career with Halifax County Schools, it is indeed an honor to be appointed the chairman of the board and to be able to lead the school district into excellence,” Few said.

Lashley has served several years on the Halifax County Board of Education. 

She serves as chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the vice-chair,” Lashley said. “I am excited and looking forward to providing our scholars with the best education possible.” 

Superintendent Eric Cunningham said, “I am excited to work under the leadership of these individuals as well as with the rest of the board members, as we chart a new course to student achievement.”

In the gallery from left: Battle, the chair and vice chair and Fletcher

Director of employee relations, recruitment, and retention

Janice Fletcher was appointed the director of employee relations, recruitment and retention. 

She has 25 years of educational experience serving in Virginia and North Carolina.

Fletcher has been a part of Halifax County Schools since 2019. 

She most recently served as a member of the district’s exceptional children lead team as a district coach. 

She has also served in Halifax County as a multi-classroom leader, mentor teacher, school leadership team member, school improvement team member, testing coordinator, and summer school coordinator. 

She was named employee of the month and 2021 teacher of the year at Everett’s Elementary School STEM Academy.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from Saint Paul’s College in sociology and anthropology with an endorsement in elementary childhood education. 

She received a master’s degree from Old Dominion University in elementary education.

Additionally, Fletcher received an endorsement in administration and supervision from Longwood University. 

She has been married to Michael Fletcher for 25 years. 

They have a daughter, Mykah, and a son, Michael. 

She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. “I am very excited about joining the Human Resource Department team. This will be a great opportunity for me to impact education from a different perspective.” 

Said Cunningham: “We are excited to have Mrs. Fletcher join our Human Resource Department. Her experience and skills will make her a great asset to our team.”

Battle appointment 

Assistant Superintendent Tyrana Battle has been elected to the board of directors for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators.

NCASA is the voice of school administrators on legislative and policy issues affecting public education in North Carolina. 

NCASA connects school administrators to share best practices in educational leadership and builds bridges with state leaders to address issues facing schools and school districts.

Additionally, NCASA gives school leaders a voice to help policymakers focus on the support needed to educate all K-12 students and the future of

“I am honored to serve on this committee as we continue to inform policies to better impact outcomes for students and staff across the state,” Battle said. “This appointment will enable me to strengthen my network with educators across various sectors to impact all facets of K-12 administration in North Carolina as I continue to lead, inspire and achieve. I will continue to share best practices in educational leadership and build bridges with other state leaders to address school issues.”

In 2021, Battle was the statewide recipient of the Honorary Life Membership Award for The North Carolina Association of Federal Education Program Administrators. 

The North Carolina Association of Federal Education Program Administrators aims to improve the quality of compensatory education programs in North Carolina. 

“We are proud of Dr. Battle for extending her strengths here in Halifax County Schools with other leaders across the state,” Cunningham said.