Central High School Principal Melissa Hensley has left the Shenandoah County Public Schools after being named principal of Harrisonburg High School.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools made the announcement recently.

“We are very excited for Ms. Hensley to join us,” stated Michael G. Richards, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools in a prepared statement. “She is a forward-thinking leader who will continue the important work of fostering a positive school culture based on respect and high expectations. As a student-centered educator, she will provide the leadership that is essential to ensuring every member of our diverse student body receives the best education we can provide.”

Hensley proved herself a leader, Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said.

“Ms. Hensley has had an excellent track record in Shenandoah County Public Schools, earning the first-ever United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School recognition, being named the Virginia Principal of the Year, and being one of three nominees for National Principal of the Year. I congratulate Ms. Hensley on her many accomplishments and her leadership and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Johnston wrote in an email.

Hensley, who has been with the school division for about seven years, notified Johnston of her decision to leave the district on June 27, according to Linda Hodges, director of human resources.

Hensley has 24 years of instructional and school leadership experience, including 15 years in the Shenandoah County Public Schools. She served as assistant principal and principal of Signal Knob Middle School before becoming principal of Central High School in 2012.

Her final salary was $109,628, according to Hodges.

The division has posted the now vacant position and is working on finding a replacement, Hodges said.

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