BY JAMES HARPER
As thousands of Volusia County School children prepare to start school Aug. 19, a former Campbell Middle Principal will be ready to meet them in a new position as an area superintendent.
Instead of being responsible for one school, Vickie Presley, who has been the district human resources director since 2011 was approved by the Volusia County School Board on June 25 to be area superintendent overseeing 34 schools. She was principal of Campbell Middle School from 2003 to 2011.
Other administrative appointments approved during that meeting were Dana Paige-Pender, a human resources specialist who replaced Presley as human resources director; and James Tager, who moved from principal of New Smyrna Beach High to become director of K-12 curriculum.
Aug. 24 speech
The community will have an opportunity to meet Presley in her new capacity Aug. 24 at Allen Chapel AME Church.
The Men’s Fellowship of the church is hosting a prayer breakfast starting at 9 a.m.
Presley will be the guest speaker.
The community is invited and young men and women ages 10 to 26 are encouraged to attend. The breakfast is free but those who want to attend should RSVP by calling the church at 386-255-1195 by Aug. 22.
The area superintendents assist the superintendent of schools in overseeing the needs of the growing number of district schools. Each area director is responsible for schools located in their designated “area” of Volusia County. Presley is responsible for most of the schools on the east side of county.
In 1985, there were four area superintendents supervising 51 schools. Now, in addition to Presley, there is one other area superintendent, Tom Russell. They are responsible for 68 schools –34 each.
Change in principals
More than two-dozen Volusia County schools will also have different principals.
Patricia Corr will be principal of Galaxy Middle in Deltona. Julian Jones is taking over at Hinson Middle in Ormond Beach. Julie Gordon will be principal at Volusia Pines Elementary, replacing Tami Fisher, who is taking over at Holly Hill (K-8) School.
Hollie Newnam will be principal at South Daytona Elementary and Jeffrey Reaves will have that role at Edgewater Public Elementary. Mary Ellen Speidel will be principal at Osceola and Ortona elementary schools in Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach.
Marie Stratton is taking over Port Orange and Longstreet elementary schools. Thomas Vaughan will be principal of Spirit Elementary in Deltona. Brandy Hogue is taking over at Freedom Elementary in DeLand.
Jim Bambrick will be principal of Osteen Elementary. Kate Godbee will take over at Woodward Avenue and Starke elementary schools in DeLand.
Bob Ouellette will take over New Smyrna Beach High. Julie Roseboom will be principal of George Marks Elementary in DeLand. Lesley Sileo-Robinson will be principal of Deltona Middle.