Superintendent continues work on transition

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By Tom Wilmoth

    Several Bedford County schools will have new principals this year as a result of a reorganization plan being implemented by new Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

    Dr. Schuch announced the changes, that include a number of transfers and reassignments, following last Thursday’s special called meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

    Among the changes:

    • As previously announced, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has assumed duties as assistant superintendent, having formerly served as principal at Liberty High School. Dr. Schuch stated that until a permanent replacement is named at LHS, Assistant Principal Tim Hahn will be serving as the school’s principal. He expected a new principal to be named later this month or by September at the latest. In addition, Jefferson Forest High School is seeking a new assistant principal following the announcement last week that the Amherst County School Board had officially named Tracey Richardson as the new Monelison Middle School principal. Richardson had been serving an assistant principal at Jefferson Forest High School prior to that appointment.

    • Tammy Parlier, who formerly served as director of instruction at the central office, has  been  appointed  principal at New London Academy Elementary School. She replaces Andy Greenough who moves from New London to serve as principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Dr. Mac Duis, who formerly served as the TJES principal, has been named as the new director of instruction for the school system.

    • A number of operational departments including finance, human resources, school nutrition, transportation and maintenance will now be managed centrally by Randy Hagler, who has been named chief financial officer for the school system. Hagler had formerly served as the school system’s director of finance. Dr. Schuch said this was an effort to consolidate a number of non-instructional departments together into one team.

    • Gary Davis, who formerly served as director of human resources, has been appointed as director of business operations and Tim Parker, who formerly served as assistant director of human resources, has been appointed director of human resources.

    The plan, according to Dr. Schuch, “has been designed to provide the best possible service to our schools and community.”

    The changes occur as part of the ongoing transition that Dr. Schuch began in April 2009, which included individual meetings with school administrators throughout Bedford County. During the next few months the superintendent will expand the meetings to include key members of the community, as well as officials at the local, state and national levels.

    Dr. Schuch officially took over as superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools on July 1, replacing the retiring Dr. James Blevins.

    In addition to the changes announced Thursday, Elizabeth Winter is taking over for Sue Saunders at Bedford Elementary, who retired this year. Winter had previously been serving as the assistant principal at the school.