DeVore named principal at Clarkson Elem.

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

June 17, 2014

Grayson County Schoolboard Chairperson Carolyn Thomason kicked off Thursday’s board meeting by congratulating the newly-named principal of Clarkson Elementary School, Erika DeVore.

DeVore has been working within the local school system as an English and Journalism teacher at Grayson County High School, and was hired as the new CES principal on Thursday, June 12.

Superintendent Barry Anderson told the group that he feels DeVore will succeed in her “exciting role as the leader of Clarkson Elementary School.”

DeVore will be stepping into her new role following the retirement of Kerry Reeves, a long-time school system employee who served as Clarkson Elementary’s principal during the 2013-14 school year.

The school system still needs to fill one open principalship at H.W. Wilkey Elementary School, following long-time principal Gwen Lucas’ move to the Grayson County Alternative High School.

In other GC School Board news:

- Superintendent Anderson received his yearly review by the board, and was given “high marks in all standards,” according to Chairperson Thomason.

“He’s done an outstanding job and we appreciate him,” Thomason said of Anderson’s service.

- The board approved the purchase of five new school buses. According to Anderson, a rotation has been in place for approximately 25 years, which replaces five buses each school year and keeps them in service for a total of 14 years.

After 12 years in service, the state reimburses the school system 60 cents for every dollar spent on each bus. After 14 years of service, the buses will be sold, bringing in an additional amount.

- The completion of the new Central Office building has been delayed due to sewer system issues, according to Thomason.

Next month’s School Board meeting is expected to be held at Grayson County Middle School’s auditorium as the Central Office meeting space is not expected to be ready by that date.