Three schools in Henry County will have new principals next school year, although a couple of them are already principals in the school system.

The appointments came out of a closed session the Henry County School Board entered on Thursday night. There were 10 administrative positions filled overall for the 2019-20 school year.

The three new principals are Laryssa Hairston-Penn at Stanleytown Elementary, Marcie Seay at Axton Elementary and Matthew Woods at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. Only Woods is new to school leadership.

 “I am excited to have these team members serve in their new roles as our staff continues to work diligently each day to do what is best for students,” Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Sandy Strayer said in a statement. “The skills that each brings to his/her new position is certain to inspire our learners to achieve more than they ever thought possible.”

Hairston-Penn is principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle school.  She previously has served as an assistant principal and teacher.

 “I look forward to returning to Stanleytown to continue the important work of preparing our students for academic success by helping families to build a strong educational foundation for their students while they are in the elementary grades,” she said in a statement. “Providing a great start for students is critical to their future success.”

Seay had been the principal at Stanleytown. She also served as administrative intern, coordinator of SLD (specific learning disabilities) teachers and classroom teacher.

“I look forward to being part of the rich tradition of community at Axton as we all work together to encourage our students to excel in everything they do,” she said in a statement.

Woods, who is a teacher at Bassett High School, has worked as a professor and administrator in Roanoke City Public Schools and in Georgia.  He takes over for Hairston-Penn.

“I am honored and humbled to be named to the team at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School,” he said in a statement. “I am excited to return to Henry County and work alongside the Cavalier family as we strive to help all students learn and grow.”

Three appointments were for assistant principals.

Jalyn Daniels-Boyd, the current interim principal at Axton, will be an assistant principal at G.W. Carver Elementary. She also has served as an assistant principal, RTI/504 coordinator, consultative support specialist, principal and special education teacher.

“I am honored to join the G.W. Carver staff and look forward to working closely with families as we strive to support students in achieving their learning goals,” she said in a statement.

Joshua Eanes will be an assistant principal at Axton and Drewry Mason elementary schools, moving from assistant principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle school. He also has served as a teacher, adjunct professor and coach.

 “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the students and families of Axton and Drewry Mason. I know our collaborative support of the learning goals of each student will ensure their lifelong success,” he said in a statement.

D. Marcelle Millner will be assistant principal at Laurel Park Middle School. He currently is assistant principal at G.W. Carver Elementary.

“While I will certainly miss my G.W. Carver family, I am very thankful for the opportunity to go to Laurel Park Middle with many of the fifth-graders I have come to know,” he said in a statement. “The chance to work with another great staff and student body is very exciting and I look forward to being a Lancer.”

John Gibbs, assistant principal at Bassett High School, will be student activities coordinator at Magna Vista High School.

“I am excited about my new position…. I look forward to more opportunities to connect with staff, students and families in the Warrior community. It’s an honor to be part of the Magna Vista athletic tradition,” he said in a statement.

Jay Gilbert, a math instructor at Bassett High School, will be student activities coordinator at Bassett.

 “I am excited for this great opportunity to work with coaches and sponsors of student activities for the betterment of every student’s educational experience at Bassett High School,” he said in a statement.

The other appointments were district-wide positions.

Charles Beasley will be supervisor of transportation and fleet maintenance.  He has been supervisor of fleet maintenance for the 15 years.

 “I look forward to continuing the work of safely transporting our students each day and working with our staff to ensure that continued improvements occur in the transportation department,” he said in a statement.

Garrett Dillard will be director of community learning, moving from assistant principal at Laurel Park Middle School. He has served as the school division’s coordinator of regional alternative and student athletics and as principal of Bassett High School.

 “As a lifelong educator, I am excited to have the opportunity to assist students and adults as they work toward their educational goals,” he said. “I am looking  forward to being a liaison between Henry County Public Schools and the community as we continue to promote educational excellence and equity of voice in school/community relations.,”

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