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School Board OKs new principal assignments

The Henderson County School Board authorized the following changes to school principals and central office personnel for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • John Bryant was named associate superintendent for administrative services, filling the office vacated by Bo Caldwell, who becomes at the end of June, replacing David Jones. Bryant has served as senior director for human resources for two years and was previously principal at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary.
  • Scott Rhodes, currently principal at East Henderson High, will fill the position of senior director for human resources. Rhodes has served as East’s principal for three years and was previously principal at Flat Rock Middle.
  • Currently principal at Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Dr. Christine Smith has been named a Homeless Education Link Project (HELP) Case Manager for Henderson County Public Schools. Smith had served as principal at Bruce Drysdale Elementary for the past six years and has held various administrative positions in the school system.
  • BJ Laughter has been named the new principal of Bruce Drysdale Elementary. Laughter has served as Hendersonville High School’s assistant principal and athletic director for the past two years, and was previously the Bearcats’ head football coach.
  • Jason Joyce, assistant principal at Hendersonville Middle, will become principal at Upward Elementary, filling a vacancy created when Brooke Ballard elected to go back to classroom teaching. Joyce has served as Hendersonville Middle’s assistant principal for the past three years and was previously assistant principal and athletic director at North Henderson High School.