PRINCETON — Bryce Abbey, assistant principal at Princeton Community Primary School, was promoted by the North Gibson school trustees to take over as principal at the start of the next school year.
Abbey served as PCPS assistant principal for six years, and was a classroom teacher in the corporation for seven years.
He succeeds principal Mary Williams, who will be leaving her position at the close of this school year.
The motion to approve the hire of Abbey passed by a 4-0 vote, with board member Amy Bingham abstaining.
Bingham first offered a motion to table any decision because she felt two interviews for this type of position were not enough. The motion died due to the lack of a second.
Abbey thanked the board for the opportunity and their vote of confidence in him.
“I believe I have what it takes to continue to lead our school in the right direction,” he said. “I come from an educator’s family, my dad was a principal here at North Gibson for many years and my mom was a special education teacher for many years as well. So again, I’m excited.”
Abbey said he is excited about what North Gibson is doing, with its upgrades to facilities and the foundation of a partnership with the planned location of a YMCA in Princeton.
Williams congratulated Abbey. “I think it’s well deserved,” she said.
She also thanked the board, noting it would not be her last board meeting, but she wanted to thank them for wonderful years.
At a previous school board meeting, board president Joe Williams thanked Wiliams for her work as principal and dealing with managing two primary school buildings and major construction.
“You’ve led our primary school through some tough times and done a phenomenal job,” he said. “As board president I thank you. As a father, I want to thank you more specifically for being just an incredibly caring and honest and trustworthy person, who I can trust with my children unconditionally.”