HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Board of Education made three leadership hires for the coming school year — including naming a permanent hire for principal of Meadows Elementary School — during its regular meeting Tuesday in Huntington.

The vacancy came after the board voted unanimously to fire former Meadows principal Connie Mize at its May 21 meeting, coming in the wake of a school intruder incident in January.

Amy Maynard, currently the assistant principal at Milton Elementary School, is slated to be hired as Meadows' next principal. Maynard is in her 25th year with Cabell County, previously serving as a district-wide curriculum supervisor, assistant principal at Huntington High School and as a classroom teacher.

Mize had been on paid suspension since Jan. 17 following a Jan. 16 incident in which a man who was being pursued by police was allowed into the school during class hours.

In February, Meadows' PTO submitted a no-confidence petition to the board critical of Mize's leadership. Mize was replaced for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year by substitute Principal Mary Campbell.

In other moves, Culloden Elementary School Principal Heather Scarberry was hired as the county's director of special education at the district's central office. Scarberry is in her 21st year with Cabell County Schools, and has served as assistant principal at Milton Elementary, a district instructional coach and a classroom teacher.

Scarberry replaces Karen Veazey, who retired from the position after 37 years in Cabell County Schools.

Mary Svingos, currently an instructional guide at Explorer Academy, will remain at the school as its new assistant principal. Svingos is in her 19th year with Cabell County Schools, and has been a classroom teacher in five schools in West Virginia and South Carolina.

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