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State names new director of charter schools

Posted February 4

Dave Machado (Photo courtesy of LincolnCharter.org)
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— The State Board of Education announced Thursday it has selected a new director for the state Office of Charter Schools.

Dave Machado is currently chief administrator of Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County, where he has worked for 14 years. He replaces Adam Levinson, North Carolina public schools' chief performance officer, who has been serving as interim director.

Machado is expected to begin July 1. 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.

“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. “

In a statement Thursday, the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association congratulated Machado, who is a member of the board.

"Dave is a real leader in the charter school community. We are glad someone with his hands-on experience with charter schools was chosen and look forward to working with him," said executive director Lee Teague.

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.

Charter schools were created in North Carolina almost two decades ago and now enroll nearly 78,000 students. Their state funding has grown from just over $16 million in 1997 to more than $366 million last year, according to the state's annual charter schools report.

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