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PCHS gets new principal

Friday, May 3, 2013

A new principal has been selected for Patrick County High School.

Kenneth “Trey” Cox, a Patrick native, was named to the top administrative position at the school beginning July 1, according to a release from the school division.

He will succeed Tammy Waldron, who was named interim principal when then-principal Moriah Dollarhite was moved into the school board office in December, officials have said.

“I am absolutely overjoyed to be coming back home to Patrick County. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to give back to the school, community” and Patrick residents, Cox said.

Cox is a 1987 graduate of Patrick County High School where he played football and served in the Student Council Association, the Future Business Leaders of America and the History Club.

He also will be a second generation Patrick County school staff member because his father, Kenneth Cox, spent 36 years as an agriculture teacher, and also was a department chairman, before retiring.

“I know PCHS had a great faculty and staff in place. They are and always have been committed to educating students,” Cox said. “I am anxious and ready to begin fostering new relationships as we work to continue to provide quality education” at the school.

Schools Superintendent Roger Morris said that Cox will make a “great addition to the leadership in our schools.”

He also noted that officials are developing a transition team to help returning and new staff members “begin to adjust to changes” in the coming school year.

School board Chairman Ronnie Terry said Cox’s appointment is “another step in the process of reorganization” at the high school.

Cox will leave the Randolph County Public School System in North Carolina where he has served in several leadership capacities — including teaching social studies and physical education, according to the release. He also coached baseball, basketball, football and track.

He first served as assistant principal — and now is the principal — at Uwharrie Middle School, a North Carolina School of Distinction. He also was named Distinguished Educator in 2003, the release stated.

Cox has served in the Navy as a shore patrol coordinator on the security alert and the flight deck fire and rescue teams.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from East Carolina University and completed his master’s degree with a specialization in educational leadership from Walden University and the Principal Licensure program from the University of Dayton. He is working on an educational specialist degree, the release stated.

Cox is married to Jennifer Cox, a teacher at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School. He has one stepdaughter, who is a rising senior at PCHS.


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