When students return to classes in August, they will notice changes in some of the administrators’ roles at the middle and high school levels for Elkin City Schools.
Dr. Myra Cox, superintendent for ECS, announced Friday that Lisa Pendry, Amanda Burton and Amanda Hearl will be changing their job titles and duties effective Monday.
Pendry, who served as Elkin Middle School principal during the 2017-18 school year, will now be the director of student information, attendance and accounting for the school system.
Burton, who was assistant principal at Elkin High School, has been named Elkin Middle School principal and success coach for secondary schools.
No assistant principal will be named to fill the vacant role at the high school, instead Burton and EHS Principal Joel Hoyle will assist one another in being accessible to students and staff at the middle and high schools, which share a campus, Cox said.
“Both ladies are taking on new and demanding roles,” she said.
Hearl, who had been handling PowerSchool duties, has been named media, technology and innovation leader for the middle and high schools. Cox said Hearl will work in the joint middle/high media center to replace Kathy Snow, former media coordinator who retired.
In Pendry’s new director role, she will take on PowerSchool duties, as well as handle truancy and coordinate testing for the middle and high schools. Truancy will be a new role in administration, and Pendry’s testing coordination will take those duties off the shoulders of the principals, since the school system is downsizing by two employees, Cox said.
“I am confident that both Mrs. Pendry and Mrs. Burton will be successful in their new positions,” Cox said. “Elkin City Schools is fortunate to have strong leadership and these two administrative changes will strengthen our core team. They are assuming exciting, new roles to a certain degree.
“We have not had anyone dedicated to working with families on truancy issues in a long time, and part of Mrs. Pendry’s job will allow her to serve in that capacity,” she said. “Mrs. Burton will have a dual role in leading the middle school and continuing to provide support for students and staff at the high school level as well. I am looking forward to great things.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.