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New principals
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The school system has officially hired four new principals to fill the positions created by Warren County Middle School principal Betty Wood’s move to the central office, and the retirement of Warren County High School executive principal James Bennett, Eastside Elementary principal Doug Reed, and Hickory Creek principal Donald Prater.Carol Prater will be taking the reins at Eastside, Vickie Dodd will assume administrative duties at Hickory Creek, Gerald Tidwell will take the helm at WCMS, and current Indiana resident Anthony Cassel will take on the executive principal position at WCHS.The school system’s assistant director for teaching/learning, Bobby Cox, formally announced the selections at the School Board meeting Thursday night, lauding the retiring principals for their dedication.“They have all been dedicated educators for many years in our system,” Cox said. “The job of principal, I feel, is one of the most difficult jobs that we have in our system, especially with a middle school and a high school the size of ours.”Cox lauded the selection committee for the job they did, saying they chose candidates who would serve the system now and well into the future.Cox then introduced the new employees.“I’d like to start out with Betty Wood,” Cox said. “Of course Betty needs no introduction in Warren County.

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