Gay is new principal

Amanda Gay

Amanda Gay will be the new principal at Pierce County Middle School.

The  hire came at Monday night’s school board meeting and was made following a 12 minute closed session to discuss personnel.

Gay has been assistant principal at the middle school for the last five years and before that was the instructional lead teacher and a language arts teacher at the school.

She and her husband, Greg, have one son, Nate.  G. Gay is former head baseball coach in Pierce County and is currently head softball coach in Bacon County.

A. Gay will succeed current longtime middle school principal Perry Tison at the beginning of next school year.

Tison announced in January he will be retiring at the end of the school year following 34 years in education.

In other personnel decisions at Monday’s meeting, the board voted to hire Karleigh Clements and Adam Seifert as teachers at Blackshear Elementary, Amanda Horne and Starr Harris as teachers at Patterson Elementary, Alexandra Wright as a teacher at the middle school and Melanie Helms as instructional lead teacher and teacher (50/50) at the high school and Hannah Anderson as a speech pathologist systemwide. Virginia Foster was approved as clerical help at the central office, Anesha Lee as a paraprofessional and Monica Spies as a receptionist, both at the middle school, and Mariah Aspinwall as a community coach for the soccer team at the high school. The board also approved recommendations for returning certified staff for all the schools in the system.

The board also voted to accept the resignations of Kimberley Edwards, teacher at Patterson Elementary, James Avera, teacher and coach, Robert Edwards, band director, and Maria Garner, Spanish teacher, all at the high school and Pamela Spell media paraprofessional at the middle school.

Mr. Edwards is retiring at the end of the school year.