Mount Airy City Schools is looking for a new superintendent, but it was another open position that was filled this week by the Board of Education.
Instead of filling the lead vacancy caused by Dr. Greg Little going to South Carolina, the board voted on approving a new principal at Jones Intermediate School.
Sherry Cox will move from Surry County Schools to the city school system to take the spot of Jason Dorsett, who will become the district’s new chief operating ofﬁcer next year as was previously announced.
“Mrs. Cox has served as the assistant principal of Central Middle School since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will allow her to be an excellent principal,” the district announced in a press release.
Cox attended UNC Charlotte where she majored in child and family development. She received her master’s degree for educational leadership and administration from High Point University.
Before becoming an assistant principal, Cox spent 11 years in the classroom as a preschool teacher. She spent eight years as a lead teacher.
While she has worked in Dobson, Cox has two children in the Mount Airy City Schools’ district.
“As a parent of Mount Airy City Schools, I am very familiar with the quality education and services provided to the students of Jones Intermediate School,” said Cox. “I look forward to being a part of this great school and school system in continuing the tradition of excellence for students, families, and the community as a whole.”
The faculty asked that the interview committee look for certain characteristics in a principal as they performed their interviews. The staff wanted a principal who was approachable, had a strong sense of integrity and fairness, and who empowered teachers and staff, school system officials said.
The school board believes that Cox is an example of these qualities.
“The interview committee was tremendously impressed by Mrs. Cox,” said Dr. Don Martin, interim superintendent. “Her leadership experiences coupled with her solid teaching background and warm personality will make her an excellent match for the students, parents, and staff at Jones Intermediate School.”
• At a work session two weeks ago Martin suggested having an air quality study done at the middle school.
Someone reported seeing mildew/mold, so he and the maintenance staff searched the campus.
Martin said at the time that he didn’t foresee any problem at the school because there doesn’t seem to be any water issues since roof repairs were done. A little scrubbing with some bleach maybe in one closet, he noted, but nothing to alarm parents.
Still, he recommended having someone go over the whole place and take air samples; this might only take half an hour, he said.
He added that the district should notify the Department of Labor of the findings and detail how the issue will be rectified.
The air study has been done, and the middle school came up just fine, Martin informed the board Tuesday night. If any children are having allergy problems, it might be from pollen, but it isn’t from mold spores in the building.
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