Mark Hanks, Pulaski County High School athletic director and basketball coach, will be PCHS’s new assistant principal, pending the school board’s final approval at the Sept. 12 meeting, according to Superintendent Dr. Tom Brewster.
The position was left vacant when Mary Rash left PCHS to replace the departing Theresa Reed, who left for the Roanoke County school system, as principal of Pulaski Middle School.
Brewster said the new job represents a lateral move within the same salary range for Hanks. “And of course we thought Mark would make a good assistant principal. Mark will still be available with the transition to assist us and to assist whoever comes on board.”
“He has an administrative degree and he has the administrative experience from serving as athletic director,” Brewster continued. “He knows the school, he knows the area. He graduated from PCHS and we think Mark will be excellent in that position. We think he has the knowledge and the experience to do a good job.”
Hanks, who graduated from PCHS in 1979, taught there for four years in the mid-‘80s before leaving for other school systems, including a stint as a basketball coach at VMI from 1999–2002. He turned to PCHS in 2002 as a math teacher and basketball coach.
When the school board approves Hanks for his new position, Brewster said Hanks would start the day after next week’s meeting. Realizing the calendar date, Brewster joked, “We didn’t want to make him start on Friday the 13th, but…” Brewster said Hanks will be phased into his new job and out of his old one, providing assistance until a new athletic director is chosen.
As for the athletic director’s job, said Brewster, “We’re discussing the qualifications and it’ll be open Thursday for applicants to apply. We’re still discussing how we’re going to advertise the position.”
Hanks, who said he had put in a formal application for the position, found out Tuesday morning that he had the job, pending final school board approval.
“I just think the time is right,” said Hanks. “I deal with the students every day in different capacities, but it’s not all disciplinary. I look forward to it. It’s a good opportunity for me to get the gray matter going again. It’s a change in the daily routine. I look forward to helping the teachers teach the kids. I hope I can help them with that.”
Hanks said he will be coaching basketball through the end of this school year. Whether or not he will continue from there will be decided after an evaluation by PCHS administration, said Brewster.