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Pulaski High School Principal requests release from contract

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County High School Principal Mike Myers has asked the Pulaski County School Board to release him from his contract, the School Board announced early this week.

According to Superintendent Tom Brewster, Myers is looking to so he can accept a different job. He also added that his resignation is pending the Board’s approval.

“Mr. Myers has requested that the Board release him from his contract with notice to take another position,” said Brewster. “The Board has been notified of his request, but they have not made a final decision on the contract.”

Myers, who is married with three children, has been PCHS’ principal since 2011, after holding various teaching and administrative positions across Virginia. He has worked with Franklin County Schools, as well as Woodbridge, Floyd, Northumberland, and Middlesex.

Myers has also held positions as the head football coach for Bassett High School in Henry County, a superintendent, as well as a state job with the Virginia Department of Education.

Before he was hired as PCHS’ principal, Myers was a principal in Appomattox County.

The Principal earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1989, and his Master’s in 1993 – both from Radford University.

Myers was unavailable for comment regarding his request and new position.

32 Responses to Pulaski High School Principal requests release from contract

  1. PCHS Alumnist

    February 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I would like to wish Principal Meyers the best of luck in his future endeavors and thanks for his three year service at PCHS.

  2. local parent

    February 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I guess he got tired of sleeping in his office

    • Jimmy Belmont

      February 20, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Ha!

  3. Betty

    February 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Give the job to Mary Rash. When she was at pchs last year, she pretty much ran the show and Myers was just a figure head. Mary is an awesome principal and the students love her. She is fair, fun and firm when she is required to be.

    • pchsdad

      February 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Agreed…it should be a requirement that all principals and administrators be residents of the county they work in.

      • Will

        February 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

        On the surface that seems like a good idea. But what happens when no one qualified is a resident. Do we give the job to whomever is a resident and is willing to take the job? Sometimes what initially appears as a good idea ends up being foolish.

        • pchsdad

          February 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

          Will and Va girl,

          They can hire candidates outside the area,but they should be required to move into county within a certain amount of time. My point is administrators,both school and county should have to be part of our community. They do not have a sense of the needs,attitude when they get in their vehicle after work and drive over an hour t o their home. This is especially true when huge decisions have to be made in regards to capital projects that effect the taxpayers. I am speaking to the desire to build a new middle school. Those making this request should have to be among the ones expected to repay the debt.

          • Will

            February 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

            Again, that’s flawed thinking. It sounds good on the surface, but the law of unintended consequences will get you every time.

            This is not a very desirable place to live. If you limit candidates to only those willing to live here, you’re reducing your pool of candidates. You may find that you have to take what you can get. Pulaski County schools has done that for years, and what has that gotten us?

            I agree with you on the middle school, but what does that have to do with a high school principle? Nothing. Another straw-man thrown out there, again. Express that opinion on the article about that topic. Not every single article here!

          • pchsdad

            February 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

            Will, I wasnt intending to bring discussion to build middle school ornot. I was usingthis as an example of the importance of having administrators having a vested interest in the proposals they make. It is almost like having a Montgomery co. resident vote on Pulaski referendum…what do they care how they vote, they dont have to be included in the repercussions. It is no different than requiring deputies to live in our county…hire from whereever, but write intheir contract theyhave to live in county within X amount of time.

          • Will

            February 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

            Pchsdad:

            The point I’m trying to make is that requiring that officials (school, police, administration, whomever) looks good on the surface for the exact reasons you’ve given.

            However, when it comes to real-world implementation, it does not work. We can count the number of people that live in the county, are qualified for the job, and would actually accept the job, on no fingers.

            My guess is that the problems have more to do with pay than where people live. (I’m willing to bet that’s why the current principal wants to leave.) When you pay bottom dollar, you don’t get top notch talent. Pulaski County has proven this to be fact for longer than I’ve been alive.

        • Cougar band fan

          February 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

          It is not foolish and it can be easy fixed. You make it a condition of employment and wrote it into the contract. Most local governments and police departments already do this.

      • Va Girl

        February 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

        Having to live within the county isn’t a good idea, but having to live within a certain distance away from the school is.

        For instance. Say someone lived in Radford and applied for a job at an elementary school in Fairlawn. It’s like 5 miles away! Should they be disallowed?

        • Cougar band fan

          February 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

          This can be an easy fix. With any new hires whether principal, administration, or teacher should be made a condition of employment to live in county. It can be written into their contract. All existing employees are grandfathered. There…done.

          • Will

            February 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

            Wrong. It’s a bad idea. Writing it into a contract fixes nothing.

      • Cougar band fan

        February 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        I agree…teachers should also be included. You cannot be an effective leader or teacher when you have no ties or allegiance to the community! Most of our school administrators and faculty are commuters including the superintendent, most of central ofc, almost every principal and asst principal, and a majority of our teachers.

        • susie

          February 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

          I work at the biggest school in this county & know many teachers from schools all around the county & only 1 of them live outside the county.

        • Va Girl

          February 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

          So, force a new hire to put their home up for sale and move? LOL!! With the housing market what it is you’ll have a LONG wait in most cases.

          Do you realize that means likely having to also pay for part of the new employees moving expenses? It’s NORMAL business practice to do so when moving is required by the employer. Otherwise you’re discouraging anyone not living within the county to apply….which I realize is your goal here.

    • Student

      February 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Agreed!

    • Kara

      February 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I agree. I was a former student at pchs, graduating in 2011 and I spent a lot of time around Mary Rash. She was always fair and hard on me when she had to be.Most of all she was equal with everyone. She is the best principal I’ve ever had.

  4. Sam

    February 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Make Mark Hanks the head principal! He already walks around like he owns the place and he could stay on as head boy’s basketball coach and continue the state of mediocrity his team displays!

    • Gabe

      February 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Nice! You hit the nail on the head there!

  5. James

    February 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Bring Rod Reedy out of retirement. He was screwed by the former superintendent and forced out. He did a great job as an administrator both at pchs and pms.

    • pchsdad

      February 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      No James, he was part of the guidance counselor fiasco of missing funds and professional failures in her job.

  6. Elaine

    February 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Have Dr. Shirley Perry leave central office and actually earn her pay for a change. Being the head principal at PCHS should be easy for her, especially with her doctoral degree and vast amount of educational experience she has.

    • pchsdad

      February 21, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      They need to clean house down at HQ. There is no need to have that army of 6 figure salaries on staff. Ken Dobson ran the entire show with very minimal staff and things ran just fine.

      • Will

        February 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

        Very good point. All the money is at HQ, with those in the schools given nothing.

        I won’t comment on Dobson. Having went to school when he was superintendent, I can say that he didn’t exactly do a wonderful job.

    • Cougar band fan

      February 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Think again. We don’t need another Radford/Montgomery County resident in charge of a school!

  7. Freddie

    February 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Dr. Shirley Perry? That’s a joke, right? I mean, she’s great at firing teachers and paraprofessionals with a huge smile and telling them to have faith, that better things are in their future. But being over top of 1500 students? Our kids deserve better than her. Just because someone has a doctoral degree doesn’t make them a people person. They actually have to come down to earth to relate to average people.

    • areyoukidding

      February 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I would pull my kids out of Pulaski schools if Shirley got the job! I have never seen someone have so much joy giving pink slips out, especially to staff that barely make a living working for the school system. Too much bureaucracy sitting at central office and way too much money being spent to keep them there. We need to revamp a lot of that building. Is it possible the school board to open their eyes and see what really is going on?

  8. Concerned

    February 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Guess what. Doesn’t matter, look at all the posts on here. No one will be happy with any choice.

    Someone wants all the teachers to have to live in the county. Hilarious, you wouldn’t be able to staff a single school. What are you going to attract those teachers with? Oh I know, constantly complaing community who blames school, teachers, coaches for everything, crumbling community and middle school infrastructure, low pay, rising health care costs, drug and crime problems. Where do I sign? We already have many of our best teachers leave, then we have promising teachers come here to get experience and then leave. You have one of the best math teachers in Virginia in mrs. Jones and everyone wants her husband to pack his bags. We, as a community and parents need to wake up, check up on our kids, show up conferences, go to back to school nights, meet with principals and guidance counselors, volunteer to read to our kids or help at our schools. We need to voice our concerns in a proper way. You want to build our community back up, we need to show up in numbers at these events. We can have open and honest debate without turning into a yelling session and then we can see positive change. How many of us message board commandos have plenty of time to offer arm chair advice but not a few minutes to stop by the school and meet face to face with teachers etc. and how many of us have been and watched practices, or ask to sit in on their kids classes for a day to see what’s going on?

    • right on!

      February 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      you said everything that needed to be said. This county is full of parents that spoil & helicopter parent their kids into disfunction & then everyone else gets the blame whenever their golden child comes up short & makes bad decisions. The only time people ever show up to anything is if they are mad about something, don’t ask them to volunteer to do something to make things better, because all of a sudden they are nowhere to be found.

  9. Disgusted!!

    February 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    SEE YA!!! Let me be the first to help pack your bag!!