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Carlisle Head of School Gracie Agnew to retire

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Carlisle Head of School Gracie Agnew will retire at the end of this academic year.

Agnew has had a long career in education culminating in the last five years at Carlisle School, where she served as the 10th Head of School.

She recently shared with parents and faculty that her time at the school has been “exciting, enriching and fulfilling for me as an educator. I thank the outstanding faculty, wonderful students, and supportive parents.”

“I have been in an ideal environment where there is a true passion for teaching, learning, and a zeal for achievement. I count it a privilege to be a part of the Carlisle family,” Agnew added.

Agnew was responsible for the addition of the STEAM lab, outdoor learning spaces, improvements in technology and learning resources, advances in curriculum and academic rigor, as well as enhancements to security measures and response plans, according to Carlisle.

She oversaw upgrades to athletic facilities, including the baseball field and the basketball gym, and she led the school through its continuing accreditation.

The school's Board of Trustees has formed a search committee that is working to find the next leader.

Agnew is involved in the selection of and transition planning for the next Head of School.

The committee is now accepting applicant submissions at

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