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School system creates post to coordinate construction

Kent Parent has been named the director of capital projects and safe schools for Henderson County public schools, a new administrator position serving under the direction of the Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services John Bryant.

Parent’s new position will provide overall leadership and management of the district’s capital improvements program and safe school initiatives, including planning, design, contracting, construction, and program monitoring and evaluation. He moves to the new role on July 1.

“I’m excited to get into the planned building projects for Henderson County public schools, and to work with principals and local law enforcement to improve school safety in our district,” Parent said.

Specific to capital projects, Parent will identify new site and facility needs as well as remodeling needs, oversee contractors, anticipate and develop strategies and programs that respond effectively to anticipated needs and the changing educational environment, prepare and monitor capital fund expenditures, and more.

Regarding school safety, Parent will serve as the school system’s representative on departmental issues with external agencies, evaluate the district’s overall security program, update school safety plans, review incident reports, serve as liaison with local law enforcement regarding the School Resource Officers’ program in elementary, middle and high schools, and more.

Parent is currently the principal of the Henderson County Career Academy (formerly Balfour Education Center), where he has served as principal since 2011. He began his education career with Henderson County public schools in 2005 as a business teacher at Balfour Education Center, then served as assistant principal at Flat Rock Middle from 2006-2007. Parent moved to West Henderson High in 2007, where he served as assistant principal and athletic director until 2011.

Prior to his work in education, Parent served with the U.S. Army Military Police from 1983-1994. He holds a bachelors degree from Worcester State University and a Masters in School Administration from Western North Carolina University.