April Cox

KHS new principal April Cox

Kilgore High School will have a new principal for the 2020-2021 school year, and it’s a familiar face.

KHS alumni and 20 year educator April Cox will be making the switch from principal of the middle school to the high school after unanimous vote Monday by the KISD school board.

Cox will replace Charles Presley, who was named principal in 2017 following the retirement of Greg Brown. Presley will assume another position with the district, the director of safety and emergency management.

Cox served as principal at KMS for the last nine years – according to KHS, she’s got over 20 years of experience in education, including six years as a teacher and 14 as a campus-level administrator.

Moving to the area as a Kilgore High School student, Cox said that the school has a special nostalgic place in her heart.

“Me and my husband graduated from that school on the same year,” Cox said. “My kids go there now, and I have worked will all of the students there from when they were in middle school.”

Cox and her husband Jonathon, both KHS alumni, have lived in the area since their graduation. The couple now raises their two sons here, Cade, a seventh grader and Cason who will be a junior in high school.

“I really am looking forward to working with the students and the staff, getting to know the systems there and working to improve on all of the great things that the high school already has going,” she said.

She said that she is excited about starting the school year, and looking forward to growing the great programs the school aleady has in place.

“It really is very special to me, and I am looking forward to stepping into this role and being a support to the students and staff at Kilgore High School,” Cox said.

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