The Elkin City Schools Board of Education approved administration changes at three schools following a closed session at the end of a 5 p.m. special called meeting Monday.
Pam Colbert will replace Anthony Davis, who resigned July 10 as principal at Elkin Elementary School to accept the principalship of Forbush Elementary School in Yadkin County.
Cassundra “Casey” Morrison will replace Colbert as principal at Elkin Middle School, and Lisa Pendry will replace Morrison as assistant principal at Elkin High School and transportation director for the school system.
The changes were announced in a press release at the end of the closed session.
Colbert has served in the Elkin City Schools since 1999 as a teacher, assistant principal and most recently as the principal of Elkin Middle School. She has 25 years of experience.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe stated in the press release: “Mrs. Colbert provides a wealth of knowledge in the elementary school curriculum and is a tremendous school leader. Her focus has always been on helping every child grow academically and to assist and support her teachers in the classroom.
“She has done a tremendous job in getting her students and parents engaged in our STEAM-infused educational program, and I am sure that energy will be transferred to our elementary school and staff.”
Colbert said, “I have been blessed in my career, especially the past nine years as principal of Elkin Middle School. During my time at Elkin Middle School, I have worked with some of the finest people in the state of North Carolina. It has been a privilege to help build an identity for the middle school and launch the STEAM initiative that has taken root.
“I am sad to leave behind the work at Elkin Middle School,” she continued, “but have made lifelong friendships that I look forward to enjoying for a long time. As I begin this new chapter in my career, I am returning home to Elkin Elementary School, where I was a teacher and administrator nine years ago. During the past nine years, I have reaped the benefits of an excellent elementary staff who prepared students for middle school.
“I am excited to get started and work with the teachers and staff and continue to build on the great things they are already doing.”
Bledsoe praised Morrison for her outstanding leadership skills in both the elementary and high school settings. “Her work as the director of transportation reflected her ability to assist drivers, students and parents in ensuring safety to and from school each day,” he said. “This next step for Ms. Morrison will provide an excellent opportunity for her to continue to lead our school district and to continue the phenomenal work that is taking place in our middle school.”
Morrison has served in the Elkin City Schools since 1997 as a teacher, with her most recent position being assistant principal at Elkin High School and transportation director for the school system. “I am very thankful to the Elkin City School Board, Dr. Bledsoe and administration for selecting me to serve the teachers, students and parents at Elkin High School,” she said. “It was an honor to work with gifted and talented teachers and students, students that I’ve had the privilege to watch grow up from kindergarten to young adults.
“Now, I get to share with a new staff and revisit former students at Elkin Middle School,” Morrison continued. “Elkin is my home, and I could not think of a better group of people to work with and serve.”
Bledsoe described Pendry as a “very strong instructional leader” and said “her work with the school staff has led to many positive results in teaching and learning within our school district. Her organizational skills and priorities for the successful operation of a school will benefit her well with the complexities of student transportation.
“I look forward to her expanding her work with staff, students, parents and our community in our high school setting,” he said.
Pendry, who has served in the Elkin City Schools since 2013 as the assistant principal at Elkin Elementary, said, “I am excited about working with the staff and students of Elkin High School and welcome this new challenge. Elkin High School has a long history of success, and I look forward to joining this team as we continue to strive for excellence.”
Bledsoe said the Elkin City Schools Board of Education is pleased with the direction in which the school system consistently moves and the efforts of the leadership team and staff to propel it forward. The school system “is continually being recognized as one of the highest performing school systems in the state based on student academic growth, high school graduation rate and the North Carolina Report Card,” he said.
Kathy Chaffin can be reached at 336-258-4058.