New principal for Oak Grove Elementary next year

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Oak Grove Elementary School will have its fourth principal in five years next fall, according to school board member Craig Michael.

Michael, and other school board members, received notice last week that Dr. Patsey Thomas, who was Oak Grove's principal this year, will be taking the Coordinator of School Health position at Central Office next year.

"It came as a complete surprise to me," commented Michael. "As far as I knew, she was excited about coming back next year - it would have been her first full year as principal at Oak Grove (Thomas was transferred there from Marshall Elementary just after school started last fall)."

"She was transferred into the position," explained Mitchell Byrd, human resources director.

Applications for the position of Oak Grove principal will be accepted until May 29.

"We should get several," said Byrd. "I'm sure Dr. Curtis is looking forward to seeing who it's going to be."

The interim school health coordinator, Oakey Gaskill, who replaced Heather Lodari, will be going to one of the schools as a physical education teacher.