WILLIAMSON – Mingo County Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Spence announced this week that Tug Valley High School Principal Dr. Johnny Branch, a 13-year veteran of the school system, has been named RESA II Principal of the Year for 2016-17.
RESA II, a regional educational service agency based in Huntington, serves Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne Counties in the southwestern part of West Virginia. Each year, the agency recognizes a standout principal from among the 88 schools in its six-county region. Past Mingo County winners of this honor include Interim Superintendent Donald Spence, former Gilbert Elementary Principal Phyllis White, and former Superintendent Randy Keathley.
Branch was named Principal at Tug Valley High School in December 2010 after previously serving as Principal at Williamson High School for over two years. Branch began his teaching career in Mingo County at Burch Elementary School in September 2004, and also taught at Williamson Middle School before becoming an administrator.
Spence commented, “during the time Dr. Branch has served as principal of Tug Valley High School, the school has excelled in his leadership. His staff, his students, and he have been recognized as distinguished for building positive relationships, contributing to a marked improvement of culture and climate. Dr. Branch is well deserving of this very prestigious honor”.
Mingo County Schools serves the people of Mingo County, West Virginia, through its two high schools, ﬁve PK-8 schools, one middle school, two elementary schools, and an adult center. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, we provide our students with access to state-of-the-art technology, curricula, and instruction while maintaining the community-driven approach to education that has been the key to student success for over 100 years.