It is my privilege to serve Community Public Charter School on the School Board. I was educated in Gaston County, graduating in the first class of East Gaston High School in 1973. I graduated from UNCC with a BA in Human Development and Learning and then with a Masters Degree in Human Development and Learning, concentrating in the field of Mathematics and then adding my Academically Gifted License as I worked for Gaston County Schools. I later attended Gardner Webb University, earning my School Administrative License. During my tenure with Gaston County Schools I taught mathematics at Highland Junior High School and Stanley Junior High/Middle School. I was Assistant Principal at Mt. Holly Middle School and Holbrook Middle School and Principal at Kiser Elementary School. My last responsibility with Gaston County Schools I worked eleven years in the Central Office as Director of Testing and Accountability. After retirement in 2015, in 2016, I completed the spring semester as Assistant Principal at Piedmont Charter School's Secondary Campus. I am active in my church, Alexis Baptist, and through the years have been active in civic organizations. Currently, along with my husband Steve Clippard, we own and operate Clippard's Inc., an in-store LaZyboy gallery. I also serve on several committees, including the Finance Committee for the Greater Gaston Baptist Association. We have two children David (Kristen) Clippard and Heather (Preston) Johnson. We have four grand children that keep us busy, Nathan and Carleigh Clippard and Liam and Evan Johnson.
Donnie Everhart was born and raised in Ohio. He relocated to North Carolina in 2006 and manages over 20 residential and commercial communities in the Charlotte area. Mr. Everhart has 2 children, one of which attends CPCS. Donnie enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.
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Ms. High is a long-time resident of Dallas but spent her childhood years growing up in Stanley. She earned an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Meredith College. She went on to earn a K-12 Counseling Certificate and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Wake Forest University. Ms. High served 29 years in the NC Public School System as a school guidance counselor working primarily in Gaston County. She is a volunteer chaplain with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team as well as a volunteer with the NC Baptists on Mission Disaster Relief and Recovery Teams where she has served both domestically and overseas. Ms. High has served as a church pianist for over 37 years and has always stayed involved in church activities and programs. She is a member of the Major William Chronicle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and remains active in other community organizations as well.
Board of Directors Chairman
Eddie McGinnis is the Founder and current Board Chairman for Community Public Charter School. Mr. McGinnis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College graduating with honors in History in 1976. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from UNC-Charlotte and an Education Specialist Degree from Appalachian State University. For 30 years Mr. McGinnis served in various roles in Gaston County Schools retiring as principal of East Gaston High School in 2006. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Community Pentecostal Center in Stanley, North Carolina. He has served in that role since March of 2000. Mr. McGinnis enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife (Cecilia), daughter (Adrienne and husband Jason), son (Philip and wife Ashley), and 4 granddaughters (Madison, Morgan, Olivia and Maecyn). In founding the school, Mr. McGinnis believes that every child should be taught the values that this country was founded upon and that all students should have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream of a quality education that prepares them for success in the future.
Freida Robinson joined the CPCS Board in the spring of 2020. She attended Stanley schools and is a graduate of Stanley High School and UNC-Greensboro with a BA in Early Childhood Education. During her 31-year tenure, she taught grades 3-5 in Gaston and Lincoln Counties. Since retiring in 2008, Freida enjoys traveling with her husband, Bill, and spending time with her family, Anna (Mason) and Will (Sarah), but especially her grandchildren – Aiden, Liam, and Lexi. In her free time, she likes to read, cook, and volunteer at her church, First Presbyterian in Stanley.
Board of Directors Vice-Chairman
Viddia Torbett was born in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Viddia received a Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been married to Representative John Torbett for 40 years. They have one daughter and two grandsons. Viddia serves as Representative Torbett’s legislative assistant, which is the most humbling and rewarding job she has ever had. Being able to find a solution, connect someone to the right place, or get information to them they need is very fulfilling. Viddia serves as vice-chairman of Community Public Charter School. She is the hospitality chair of the Sir Walter Cabinet, an organization of the spouses of elected and appointed public officials, whose goal is to contribute to North Carolina and its citizens' general welfare by promoting interest in related social, legislative, economic and historical causes. She is a member of the Gaston County Republican Women and has served as past Secretary. However, her greatest joy is spending time with, attending sporting events, and just being a part of her grandsons’ lives.