By SHANNON WATKINS
Pulaski Middle School Principal Theresa Reed has resigned her position to accept the position of principal in the Roanoke City School system, according to an announcement made by Pulaski County Public Schools on Tuesday.
In her stead, Mary Rash, who is an assistant principal at Pulaski County High School, will serve as acting principal until the position is filled, beginning today; Rash’s position at PCHS will be temporarily vacated but may be filled in as needed by former administrators who participate in the Early Retirement incentive program, according to Superintendant Dr. Tom Brewster.
Reed leaves after 19 years of service in the Pulaski County school system. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve these students, this school, this system and this community,” said Reed. “I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the employees of Pulaski County Public Schools, particularly those with whom I have worked most closely, the faculty/staff at Pulaski Middle School and Central Office. Their dedication to students and their profession is incredible.”
She continued, “I am grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded since beginning with PCPS in 1994; I will cherish and use all that I have learned here to continue to be the best school administrator that I can be. I look forward to hearing wonderful things from Pulaski Middle’s EPIC Orioles while they are led by Mrs. Rash (Acting Principal Mary Rash) and Mr. Atwood (Assistant Principal Bill Atwood).”
Of the road ahead, Reed said, “I have spent my entire professional career with Pulaski County Public Schools. I’m familiar with the system, schools, area and people here. It will be a challenge to learn all those things about Roanoke City, but those who know me well know that I love a challenge.”
When asked as to the reason for her departure, she said, “I recently married a wonderful gentleman from the Salem/Roanoke area. His job is specific to that area, so we have decided to make our home there.”
“I am very happy for Ms. Reed-Kabath’s new opportunity and wish her well in her endeavors,” said Rash. “I am very excited to open the new school year at Pulaski Middle…As a lifelong resident of Pulaski County, I care deeply for our students and community. I will strive to continue and expand the qualities of the EPIC ORIOLES.”
Superintendant Brewster said of Reed, “Theresa is a dedicated educator who served our school system as a counselor, coordinator of student services, and principal. We wish her best of luck and lots of success in her new position. We are excited to have Mary Rash as acting principal. Ms. Rash will begin today getting Pulaski Middle School ready for the new school year.”
According to the announcement, the position of PMS principal will be advertised immediately and posted until filled.