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5 appointed to fill positions at Henry County Public Schools


Mark Hughes, Kelsey Gardner, Eric Ross, Sherrika Stanley and R. Bill Stout


HENRY COUNTY, VA – Five people were appointed to fill positions at Henry County Public Schools by the school board at their Thursday meeting.


Mark Hughes will be the head boys basketball coach at Bassett High School.


Hughes has coached JV, travel, and varsity basketball teams in North Carolina since 2008.


“It is an honor to be named the Head Men's Varsity basketball coach,” he said. “I am extremely excited to be a part this amazing program. The success of the overall community is contagious and I look forward to helping our student-athletes reach new heights and milestones. Collectively, we're all in with a winning mindset.”


Kelsey Gardner will be principal at Mount Olivet Elementary School.


Gardner, who currently serves as assistant principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, has served students as a teacher, reading specialist, and administrator since 2015.


“I am both honored and thrilled to be joining the Mount Olivet Lancer family,” she stated. “I look forward to collaborating with the entire school community to continue supporting all students in knowledge and excellence while promoting an engaging and supportive learning environment. Together, we will continue to instill a lifelong passion for learning!”


Eric Ross will be assistant principal at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School.


Ross has served students in Henry County since 2008.


“I am honored and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the Cavalier family to work with the school community to continue to promote a high quality learning environment,” he said. “As a student, I graced the halls of Fieldale-Collinsville and I am thrilled to unite with the Cavalier team in this new role as we work to see students G-R-O-W.”


Sherrika Stanley will be assistant principal at Magna Vista High School.


Stanley has served students as a teacher since 2007.


“It is with great privilege I accept the position of Assistant Principal and join the Warrior school community,” she expressed. “As I transition from teacher to AP, I will continue to honor and follow the vision and goals of Henry County Public Schools to ensure students learn in a safe and engaging environment. I will fulfill my responsibilities through being fair, consistent, hands on, and solution oriented.”


R. Bill Stout will be coordinator of Regional Alternative Programs at Center for Community Learning.


Stout has served students as a teacher at Laurel Park Middle School since 2007.


“I am humbled and honored to be selected to join the Regional Alternative team. I look forward to collaborating with the students, staff, families, and their base schools,” he conveyed.


The appoints were approved at the recommendation of Superintendent Sandy Strayer.


“The experience and enthusiasm each of these professionals brings to their respective roles will continue to support student growth and inspire each of our learners as they prepare for a successful future,” said the superintendent.

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