Tyson named new First Flight High principal

By on February 5, 2024

Joe Tyson

At a closed-door session of the Dare County Board of Education on Feb. 5, board members voted to promote Joe Tyson from the position of assistant principal to the post of principal at First Flight High School.

Tyson succeeds former First Flight Principal Chuck Lansing who in late November abruptly resigned that post at the same time that the Dare School District announced the suspension of Assistant Principal Lela Ingram with pay pending an investigation. The district administration has not released any further information on the Ingram investigation.

Here is the release.

Tyson brings an impressive background in education, with 17 years of experience in the field. In expressing the Board’s decision, Dare County Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight stated, “Mr. Tyson has devoted a significant portion of his career to FFHS and has consistently been recognized for excellence as an educator. He has always prioritized the best interests of students and continues to do so each day. I am confident that he will lead FFHS with the same commitment to excellence.”

Tyson is no stranger to the FFHS community. In 2008, he served as an exceptional children’s teacher at the school for thirteen and a half years. Throughout this tenure, Tyson earned numerous awards for his significant contributions to education, including the district’s Exceptional Children Teacher of Excellence award, a two-time winner of FFHS’ Distinguished Teacher award, and FFHS’ Teacher of the Year during the 2018-2019 school year.

After earning his Master of School Administration degree from Elizabeth City State University, Tyson assumed a leadership role as assistant principal at River Road Middle School in 2021. Following a year in this capacity, Tyson returned to FFHS, filling the open assistant principal position.

In the latest edition of the student-led publication, The Nighthawk News, the editorial staff endorsed Tyson for Principal in an opinion piece, stating that “Assistant Principal Joe Tyson checks off all the boxes for what we want in a principal. Tyson’s constant presence in the halls and enthusiastic interactions with students — and staff members — help create a learning environment students want to come to every day.” Dare County Schools warmly welcomes Tyson to his new role and expresses confidence in his exceptional leadership abilities


  • Jane Doe

    Way to go Joe! So glad the former administrators put in the good word for you two years ago to get you back to FFHS! Wish the district would address the elephant in the room and explain why they forced one administrator to resign and kept another on paid leave for MONTHS just for no details to be shared with the tax payers! Seems like Basnight just forced out and cut loose some administrators just to further solidify his roster of puppets.

    Monday, Feb 5 @ 8:58 pm
  • OBXer

    Everybody keeps hammering about wanting to know all the details. Personnel laws prevent an employer from making any personnel information public. Check it out. If the persons involved (former principal and asst. principal) want to give you all the details, they can. The employer cannot. I wish the new principal, staff and students all the best!!! Fly high!!!

    Tuesday, Feb 6 @ 8:38 am