DOBSON — At a special called Surry County Schools Board of Education meeting, several administrative changes were approved by the board.
First, the Surry County Board of Education congratulated Kristin Blake on being named the principal of Shoals Elementary School. Blake will replace Jared Jones as principal of Shoals Elementary. Jones recently transferred as principal of Shoals Elementary to East Surry High School.
Blake came to Surry County Schools in 2013 with 10 years of experience in education. Most recently, Blake served as the assistant principal at Franklin Elementary. Prior to that role, she was the assistant principal at Dobson Elementary.
Nine assistant principals received new administrative assignments:
• Colby Beamer from Surry Central High to East Surry High
• Jonathan Frasher from East Surry High to Surry Central High
• Carla Coble from East Surry High to Central Middle
• Kara Martin from Central Middle to Gentry Middle
• Jenny Alyn Key from Gentry Middle to Cedar Ridge Elementary
• Catherine Dollyhite from Cedar Ridge Elementary to a shared position at Copeland Elementary and Shoals Elementary
• James Martin from a shared position at Flat Rock Elementary and Franklin Elementary to a shared position at Flat Rock Elementary and Westfield Elementary
• Lori Gammons from a shared position at Shoals Elementary and Westfield Elementary to Franklin Elementary
• Matthew White from Meadowview Magnet Middle to Pilot Mountain Elementary
Two administrative interns from the Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) program accepted assistant principal positions. Obtaining an assistant principal position at East Surry High School is Shannon DuPlessis, who interned at Surry Central High.
Matt Scott, who interned at East Surry High, assumes the assistant principal position at Meadowview Magnet Middle. In addition, Regina Barbour, assistant principal at Copeland Elementary, was named the transition coordinator in the Exceptional Children’s Department.
Superintendent of Surry County Schools, Dr. Travis L. Reeves, said, “Creating the right administrative fit for each school is a top priority for our school system. It is essential that we match people who compliment each other to ensure all schools have a successful learning environment. As a school system, we take great pride in growing our school leaders by offering them a wide array of leadership opportunities and ongoing professional development that is focused on student achievement with a growth mindset. I look forward to working with all of these teams as they transition and lead their schools .”