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Leggett will head school system’s gifted program

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex County School Board voted Monday to switch assistant Middlesex High School principal Susan Leggett to the position of coordinator/teacher of the school system’s gifted and talented program. 

Leggett applied for the position, said school superintendent Rusty Fairheart.

Leggett was hired as MHS assistant principal in August 2007.  Prior to that she was special education coordinator for the Middlesex School System. 

She graduated from West Point High School and the College of William and Mary. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum instruction.

“This is something that she pursued and we are grateful for what she has done for us at Middlesex High School. I think she will enhance the gifted education program,” said Fairheart. “She has a wide range of talents. We wanted her to have what she desired.”

The board also approved the hiring of Timothy Drummond as the choir director at MHS and St. Clare Walker Middle School, and Daniel Holloway as the school’s director of technology.
The board approved several fall coaching positions. They are: Heath Cockerham, varsity football; Austin Moon, JV football; and Bennie Burrell, Lee Anderson and Aaron Gray, football assistants.

Jennifer Harrow was hired as head varsity volleyball coach; Ashland Burch, JV volleyball; Greg Harrow, varsity golf; Susan Bray, varsity cheerleading; Sherrie Walton, JV cheerleading; and Shannon Williams, competition cheerleading.

In another matter, school officials are currently interviewing applicants for the position of assistant principal at Middlesex Elementary.  Last year’s assistant principal, Jeannie Duke, was recently promoted to principal, replacing longtime school principal Joannie Banks, who retired.

Fairheart reported there were over 40 applicants for the assistant principal position, and the list has been reduced to seven.  Those applicants who made the cut will be re-interviewed in the coming weeks, he said. 

posted 07.15.2009

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