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8/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
New leadership at Palo Verde High School

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - Palo Verde High School will celebrate 100 years this year and with the celebration, staff and faculty will celebrate new leaders, Principal Brandy Cox and Vice Principal Del Drummond.

Cox is a PVHS alumna, graduating in 1990. She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She returned to PVHS for the 1997-1998 school year as a teacher and throughout the years, Cox has taught Health and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), and was the Associated Student Body advisor. Cox previously served as PVHS interim principal for the entire 2012-2013 school year.

During her tenure as a PVHS instructor, Cox attended National University based out of San Diego and earned a Master's in Administration with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction.

The hometown administrator is married to Tim Cox and they have two children. She said she is looking forward to the upcoming school year and celebrating 100 years of PVHS in the valley.

"I am looking to move the students forward and making the kids here shine," said Cox. "We will focus on preparing the students for their future and getting them prepared for life after PVHS."

Drummond is a Utah native, graduating from Granger High School (West Valley City), in 1995. He did he undergraduate and graduate work at California State University, Santa Barbara, earning a Master's degree in Education Administration.

Prior to being appointed as PVHS vice principal, his first administrative position, he spent eight years in the classroom teaching special education children in the Riverside Unified School District.

The married father of four looks forward to getting to know the staff, faculty and students. He also is planning on helping build PVHS into a positive learning environment.

"I want to share my dedication and my love for learning with the students and community," said Drummond.

Cox and Drummond will be center stage beginning Aug. 21 as they welcome the students during the First Day of School assembly to be held at Scott Stadium after the first bell rings at 7:17 a.m.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Need change for sure good luck, keep your eyes open.

I sure hope Mrs. Cox is paying attention to her staff lots of corners to hide in....our kids need all the positive they can get!! Good luck Mrs. Cox on your new year. PVHS has been in need for big change for a long time.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ By the Way

Ok (deleted), completely disregard my statement about uniforms (which almost every other school with major problems have gone to wearing and the results are great!) and focus issues that really matter!!! Oh, and I do know very well what school if for... deleted)!! Before you go off on someone's comment why don't you use your reading and comprehension skills to really try to see what they are trying to say.

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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: WHAT A JOKE

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Blythian

Good luck to both of you and hope you achieve the goals you talk about, the kids desperately need you to be successful. So very proud to have a local person leading PVHS in the 100 year anniversary - u go girl and thank you for stepping up to the plate. Wish we had more people in local leadership roles like you.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: By the way

There is no California State University, Santa Barbara. He must have attended University of California, Santa Barbara, and yes there is a big difference.
@Small town girl....They need to enforce a dress code so the boys don't look like gang members and the girls don't look like whores. It is an attempt at focusing on academic endeavors, you know... what school is for in the first place.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Good for you Bandy ..May God be with you ,bless you and guide you ..

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Small Town Girl But NOT Small Minded

Let's see if the "New' Dress code will be enforced! Why do they address the issue of Dress Codes when so many of our children are being bullied day after day, so much so they don't want to go to school. Oh the Administration Says they will do something about it.... but, NOTHING is ever done. Put uniforms on the kids then there will be no dress codes issues and the many other issues plaguing this school district might possibly get the attention they need!!!!!!!! Or maybe not!

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