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UPDATE: Sharon Edwards leaves Cascade

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sharon Edwards
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NOTE: A headline in the print version of this story indicated that Ralph Edwards would remain at Cascade, which is incorrect. Edwards is being transferred to Harris Middle School. The Times-Gazette is happy to set the record straight.

Sharon Edwards, principal of Cascade High School, has tendered her resignation after more than 30 years with the Bedford County Board of Education.

"There are some interesting opportunities in the future, but no final decisions have been made about which direction I will pursue," said Edwards as she confirmed the move via email Thursday evening.

"The past 15 years on the Cascade campus have been extremely rewarding."

Words of praise

School Superintendent Ray Butrum praised Edwards' service.

"Mrs. Edwards has certainly been an effective leader in the Cascade community for the past 15 years," Butrum said this morning, "and has done an outstanding job at the high school, and will be missed."

Edwards assumed the position of principal at Cascade Elementary when the school opened as a stand-alone facility in 1997. A decade later, in 2007, she became principal of Cascade High School next door. Her husband Ralph was already a teacher and coach at the site.

New policy

In April of this year, Bedford County Board of Education passed a nepotism policy which prohibited one family member from supervising another, either directly or through a chain of command. Existing employees affected by the policy had until the end of the old school year to resolve the situation.

"I will miss the faculty, staff and parents in the Cascade community and I would like to thank them for their support throughout the years," Sharon Edwards said.

Butrum hopes to name a new principal quickly, even as officials are making final preparations for the first day of school on Aug. 6.

Search is on

"The position has been posted," he said this morning, "and our plans would be to try to contact any interested applicants and set up interviews, possibly next Friday. We've got a big week ahead of us.

"Mrs. Edwards had everything pretty much lined up to go," he added. "We want to make it an easy transition."

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