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Watauga School Board To Meet Regarding Recommendation of New Principal at Parkway

Costin resigned, effective June 30.

The Watauga County Board of Education will meet on Thursday, July 23, at the Gragg Education Center at 4 p.m. to discuss a “recommendation for the hiring of a new principal” at Parkway School, according to a meeting notice.

At the end of the school year, the Parkway Principal Melissa Costin sent an email to parents and students at the school, announcing that she was resigning and had let Watauga County Schools Supt. Scott Elliott know of her decision in advance.

Her last day was June 30, 2015. WCS spokesman Marshall Ashcraft said that Costin didn’t offer a reason why she was resigning, and Costin didn’t provide one in a letter to Elliott and school stakeholders.

“I want to thank all of you for your support and, more importantly, for entrusting your children to me. Together we have worked for continued student success. Academically, the children have exceeded expected growth every year. Behaviorally, the students have earned Parkway an exemplar rating on the state level. In every way, the students have grown and bloomed, including in my heart. I love them and I will cherish the wonderful memories I have with them,” Costin wrote to the Parkway community in email. “Take care and please know that I wish all of you the very best!”

Elliott also sent out an email last month that Parkway School Parent Teacher Organization posted on its Facebook page. Elliott thanked Costin for her work at Parkway School and encouraged the Parkway School parents and students to offer input into the selection of the school’s next principal at a community meeting and through a survey.

Costin was named the principal of Parkway School in November 2012. When she was hired, she was leaving Collettsville School in Caldwell County, where she was also principal.