New Interim Principal

New Interim Principal
Posted on 08/14/2018

Good evening, Patrick Henry High School Community,

I hope that this e-mail finds you well and enjoying the last bit of summer. At the August 14 school board meeting, the school board appointed Paul Cash as interim principal. Mr. Cash will start serving the PHHS community immediately. Mr. Cash retired from Hanover County Public Schools in 2013 having served as assistant principal at Patrick Henry High School and later as director in the school board office. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Cash had a distinguished twenty-seven-year career in the United States Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain having logged over 5,300 flight hours, 1,000 carrier landings, as well as commanding hundreds of naval pilots. Mr. Cash holds a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University and three master’s degrees. Mr. Cash remains a Hanover resident, along with his wife Carol. 

We are fortunate to have Mr. Cash serve as interim principal while we conduct a thorough search for a permanent principal. We value the community’s input in identifying the skills and characteristics the next principal should possess to best serve all students at Patrick Henry High School. We are encouraging students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members to share their perspectives with us in two ways. First, we will launch an online survey once school begins that will remain open through the end of September to collect information. Second, we will be holding four focus groups in late September. One focus group will be reserved for students, another for faculty and staff, and the remaining two will be open to parents and other community members. A separate e-mail after school has begun will be sent with links to the sign-up sheets. Space will be limited to 50 participants in each of the focus groups to make sure that a rich conversation can take place.

We recognize that this has been a difficult process, and we appreciate the dedicated work continuing at Patrick Henry High School. The school board team, led by Dr. Robert Staley, director of secondary education, will continue to provide direct support to the interim principal and the entire PHHS team throughout the transition. We are grateful for your continued support as we work together to provide the very best experience for all students.


Dr. Michael Gill

Mrs. Jennifer Greif
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership

Dr. Robert Staley
Director of Secondary Education

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