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Major meeting updates: 2A Sanctuary voted in, Grim out at PCHS

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

 

Two big meetings took place Monday in Pulaski County resulting in two big announcements.

 

The first, which took place during a meeting of the Pulaski County School Board, confirmed several rumors that had spread through the school during the course of the weekend. It was announced that Richard D. Thomas will be the interim principal at Pulaski County High School for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

 

Thomas takes over the position to replace Mike Grim, who has been the principal at PCHS since early 2014. Before being named the principal at PCHS, Grim served in the school system for eight year, including a period as principal at Critzer Elementary School. 

 

A reason for the departure of Mike Grim was not given.

 

Thomas comes to Pulaski County after previously serving as the Wythe County Public Schools Director of Personnel, as principal at Fort Chiswell Middle School, assistant principal at Fort Chiswell High School and as the Athletic Director and as a teacher at Patrick Henry-Glade Springs High School.

 

The second big meeting of the night was held at Central Gym in Pulaski, where the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors unanimously and decisively voted to approve a resolution declaring Pulaski County a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

 

The original resolution released by the county referred to the county as Second Amendment “supportive” instead of as a “sanctuary.” The nearly 800 Pulaski County citizens who attended the meeting gave their enthusiastic support of the vote and the change to the term “sanctuary.” 

 

Those citizens also made their support evident when Pulaski County Administrator Jonathan Sweet read a letter made public by Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Worrell. That statement, which had previously been posted on the internet, stated that neither he nor any of his deputies “will enforce any law that is unconstitutional.”

 

More information on both of these stories will be available Tuesday.

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