Charles Presley

Charles Presley

Kilgore Independent School District has created a new position, the Director of Safety and Emergency Management, that former high school principal Charles Presley will be stepping into over the summer.

Superintendent Andy Baker said the purpose of this new position will be to coordinate the district’s safety and security programs including supervision of our general building conditions, district and campus-level emergency response procedures and programs, and coordination of student safety and security education programs.

“Our current high school Principal, Mr. Charles Presley was selected for this position. I am very excited about him taking over these new responsibilities,” Baker said. “In addition to bringing to the table a strong relationship with our district staff members and Bulldog Community, his working knowledge of existing KISD and Kilgore High School campus-level student safety and emergency planning will really provide him a strong foundation to help us as a District hit the ground running.”

Baker said that the school district also envisions the new position to eventually include helping coordinate and communicate the strategies and recommendations from the District Threat Assessment Team and Campus Improvement Committees.

“I am excited that KISD chose me to fill this position and am honored to be the first Director of the program. I look forward to the challenges it brings,” Presley said.

Presley was named principal of Kilgore High School in 2017. He has worked for 21 years at the school, spending 13 as a teacher and coach and another eight as an administrator.

“KHS always has always been and always will be a part of me. While I will miss Kilgore High School, this transition will allow me to continue to serve KHS and all the campuses in the district,” he said.

While he said he is excited about taking on this new role, Presley said that he will miss working directly with students and staff at KHS when school restarts in the fall.

“We become educators because we love working with our youth. I will miss the daily interaction with our students and the relationships I have built with the faculty and staff. KHS is a family and I have enjoyed being part of it,” Presley said. “Leaving KHS will be bittersweet, but I am confident that the campus will be in great hands under the leadership of April Cox.”

Cox, who currently serves as the middle school principal, was named as Presley’s successor unanimously by Kilgore Independent School Board at their last meeting Monday.

Presley said he is confident that Cox will continue to grow the school in a positive direction, stating that she has served KISD and the Kilgore community well as the principal at KMS and will continue to do so at KHS.

“I love the pride and support our community has for KHS. I’ll miss the excitement when the band begins playing Tuba Song at our pep rallies,” Presley said. “You might see me at a pep rally here and there if you look closely.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story had been scheduled for the News Herald’s Saturday, May 2 edition, but was inadvertently omitted.

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