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BHS principal, others assigned to new posts

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Henry County School Board on Thursday named the principal of Bassett High School to a coordinator position, reassigned three other principals and appointed an assistant superintendent, all for the 2013-14 school year.

William Bullins, now the director of elementary instruction, will be the assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services. Garrett Dillard, now the principal at Bassett High School, will be the coordinator of regional alternative and student athletics. Wendy Durham, now the principal of Drewry Mason Elementary School, will be the principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. Elizabeth Minter, now the principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, will be the principal at Mount Olivet Elementary School. Sherri Lewis, now the principal at Mount Olivet Elementary, will be the principal at Drewry Mason Elementary.

That’s according to a school division news release issued late Thursday afternoon.

“It’s about putting people in the right position for the right fit,” schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said in a phone interview. He wants people to be in positions where they will have the most positive impact for the school division, he added.

Bullins’ new position stems from the upcoming retirement of Linda Dorr, assistant superintendent of human resources and student services, and some restructuring in the division’s administrative offices, according to Cotton and Dorr. Cotton said no new positions are being created in the restructuring.

The positions of director of elementary instruction (Bullins’ current job) and director of secondary instruction (Sandy Strayer’s job) will be consolidated into one position — director for K-12 instruction — which Strayer will fill, Cotton said.

Dorr’s current position of assistant superintendent of human resources and student services will become assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services. In that position, Bullins will oversee facilities, transportation and human services, Cotton said.

Cotton said the position of principal of Bassett High School will be advertised, and he hopes it will be filled at the school board’s June meeting.

Bullins received degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and North Carolina A&T State University, according to the news release.

“I look forward to the opportunities and new challenges that this new position will present. I am excited to be able to continue working closely with building personnel to continue providing the best services possible for our students. I am looking forward to working with new departments as we continue to carry out our mission. Henry County Schools is a special place, with outstanding students, teachers, parents and support personnel. I consider myself blessed to be part of this excellent organization,” he said in the release.

Dillard received degrees from Radford University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“I will be able to continue playing a role in improving educational, political and social aspects of Henry County. I will also have the opportunity to work closely with athletics in various capacities. Most importantly, this allows me the chance to help shape the lives of young adults,” Dillard said in the release.

Durham received degrees from Radford University and the University of Virginia.

“I look forward to forging relationships with my new coworkers, students and parents of the Fieldale-Collinsville community. Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School and I share the same commitment to excellence, and I look forward to working together on the next steps to continue that reputation for excellence,” Durham said in the release.

Lewis received degrees from James Madison University and the University of Virginia.

“I am looking forward to working with students, parents, and community members of my childhood home (Ridgeway), and serving at my alma mater. I am excited to support the strong instructional focus already in place at Drewry Mason. Go Spartans!” Lewis said in the release.

Minter received degrees from Averett University and Radford University.

“I am looking forward to returning to Mt. Olivet Elementary School, where I once taught. Mt. Olivet Elementary provides all students with an excellent education and foundation for life-long learning. As a resident of the Mt. Olivet community, I am also honored and excited for the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity,” Minter said in the release.

All five appointments were approved unanimously by the school board after reconvening from closed session.


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