February 1, 2017
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – The search for a permanent principal for Patrick Henry Elementary School is expected to begin this spring, according to city schools Superintendent Zeb Talley.
Talley, the former principal and a 40-year veteran of the school division, was hired by the Martinsville School Board last fall to replace former superintendent Pam Heath, who retired. The job officially has been vacant since then but Felicia Preston, the division’s director of pupil personnel services, has been serving as interim principal.
“There was a period of transition” after Preston began overseeing Patrick Henry, Talley said, but overall “things have been going well” with her in that role.
“She’s a very brilliant young lady,” and has been doing an excellent job at the school, he said, which is why the division has not yet started the search for a permanent principal.
However, Preston doing two full-time jobs can’t last forever, Talley said. He noted that in her administrative job, she oversees many facets of the division, from issues involving pupils with special needs to student health services.
Before moving into administration, Preston was principal at Albert Harris Elementary School.
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