CORNELIUS – Hough High School’s first principal will leave her post to take a position at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ central office of administration.

Principal Terri Cockerham will lead the district’s human resources services department.

Cockerham received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from UNC Charlotte along with her Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Administration.

She started her 30-year career with CMS in 1983 as an interim teacher at Olympic High School and East Mecklenburg High School. She’s also served as assistant principal at South Mecklenburg High School, Smith Middle School and Smith Junior High School before being principal at Eastway Middle School from 1997 to 2005. She then served as principal of Providence High School before coming to Hough High when the school opened in 2010.

Her move is part of CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison’s reorganization plan of the district’s central office. It restructures the central offices to provide stronger support to schools. Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark will lead the organizational effectiveness and strategic planning.

The district will also shift from six academic zones to seven learning communities. They will be based on feeder patterns so students will attend school in the same learning community from kindergarten through high school, according to Morrison.

Zone Superintendent Dawn Robinson will be the superintendent of the North Learning Community, which includes the feeder middle and elementary schools for six high schools: Hopewell High, Hough High, Mallard Creek High, North Mecklenburg High, Northwest School of the Art and Performance Learning Center.

Morrison said he has been talking with the executive leadership team and principals about better ways to provide strong support and services to schools.

“These conversations reflected three core beliefs: Schools are the unit of academic transformation and achievement for our students; every CMS employee and functional area is critical in our efforts to improve services to schools; and improving our organizational effectiveness will strengthen our service delivery,” he said in a news release.

Phone calls and emails to Cockerham were not returned before press time.