GATE CITY — With students set to return to class in less than a month, Scott County Public Schools officials have finalized principal assignments ahead of the upcoming school year.
According to Scott County Schools Director of Personnel Jason Smith, no principals had to be replaced from the previous school year, although there were several changes made in regard to where certain principals are placed.
Smith said the reassignments were a matter of finding the right fit for each principal.
“Scott County Schools strives to assign employees to situations that is best for the students, community, and the employee,” Smith wrote in an email.
Smith said one of the reassignments involves Valerie Babb, who has served as principal of Yuma Elementary School part time since the departure of Kathy Musick last December. Babb will take over the role on a full-time basis after having previously split time between Hilton Elementary and Yuma, Smith said.
As a result of Babb’s move, Kelsey Taylor was reassigned to Hilton Elementary School. Taylor’s move means the school will no longer have a part-time principal.
Replacing Taylor at Weber City Elementary School is Kellie Johnson, who worked last year as the principal of Fort Blackmore Primary School. The reassignment marks Johnson’s second stint as principal of Weber City.
Johnson’s transfer comes while she is involved in an active sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed in May 2012 against current and former school board members. The suit, which stems from the hiring of former superintendent Gary Baker, is scheduled for jury trial in October.
As a result of Johnson’s move, Jennifer Meade will divide her duties between Fort Blackmore and Dungannon Elementary School. Meade was at Dungannon full time during the 2012-13 school year, Smith said.
Meade will be the only principal to split duties between two campuses for the coming school year.
Smith said all other principals in the system will remain at the current schools for the coming year.
“We are very proud of what our principals do day in and day out,” Smith added. “They are dedicated, veteran educators that want the best for the children of Scott County. They are essential to the success of our school system.”
Those principals, and their schools, include: Travis Nickels, Duffield Primary; Greg Ervin, Gate City High; Cindy Dorton, Gate City Middle; Mike Lane Nickelsville Elementary; Reagan Mullins, Rye Cove High; Tim Spicer, Rye Cove Intermediate; Renee Dishner, Shoemaker Elementary; Sam Parks, Twin Springs High and Ralph Quesinberry, who serves as building principal and supervisor of the Scott County Career and Technical Center.