Pike County BOE on Wright’s departure: ‘It’s a loss for us’

Published 8:23 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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At  the Monday meeting of the Pike County Board of Education, the board accepted the resignation of Willie Wright as principal of Pike County High School. Wright has served the the school principal for 16 years.

He resigned in order to accept the assistant city manager’s position for the City of Brundidge.  HIs last day with the school system will be May 1, 2020.

Pike County Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell said he hates to see Wright leave the Pike County School System.

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“Mr. Wright has done an outstanding job at Pike County High School,” Bazzell said.  “I’m sure our faculty and students feel the same way as I do. It is a loss for us. However, we support Mr. Wright in this change and expect him to do a great job for the City of Brundidge in this new capacity.”

Bazzell said the Pike County Board of Education will begin looking for a replacement for Wright.

“We will take the time necessary of find a good fit for Pike County High School,” he said. “It is most important that we find that fit.”

Linda Steed, who represents Brundidge  as the Pike County Board of Education District 4 member, said she wishes Wright success in city government.

“However, I must say that I am most disappointed that we are losing Mr. Wright,” Steed said. “A community is known by its school system. We have a great school in Brundidge and that has been a benefit to the city. Mr. Wright has provided strong leadership and has made a difference in the lives of our students. This is a very difficult time for our country, our city and our schools. We need strong leadership to help see us through. I am disappointed, actually upset, that our faculty and students will be without Mr. Wright’s leadership during this time.”