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BHS leader named
New principal is Drewry Mason alum
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John M. Gibbs

Friday, June 28, 2013

A North Carolina educator who was educated in the Henry County schools has been named principal of Bassett High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Henry County School Board approved John M. Gibbs for the position on Thursday, according to a release from Henry County Public Schools.

The decision came following a closed session after a special school board meeting held to resolve budget and other issues.

Gibbs currently is the executive director of secondary education for Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, N.C. He received degrees from Campbell University and Fayetteville State University.

He is a 1978 graduate of Drewry Mason High School and has been an educator for 30 years and an administrator for 13 years, the release stated.

“As a product of the Henry County School System, I am excited about returning to this area,” Gibbs said. “I plan to build upon the previous accomplishments of Bassett High School and I look forward to meeting students, teachers and parents in Bengal Country.”

“I look forward to working with Mr. Gibbs and I am confident that he will continue to expand upon the many successes of Bassett High School,” said Henry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton.

Gibbs will begin his new position Aug. 1, the release said. Sandy Strayer, director of K-12 instruction, will serve as interim principal during July.

He succeeds Garrett Dillard, who was named the coordinator of regional alternative and student athletics in May. Dillard has been principal at BHS since the 2011-12 school year.


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