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Josh Packard was hired Monday night as principal at Ashland High School

ASHLAND -- The Ashland Board of Education hired Josh Packard on Monday night as permanent principal of Ashland High School.

Packard was already serving in that capacity on an interim basis.

Packard began his teaching at Ashland High School in 1998 in the English department. He also taught history for a year, coached girls basketball and boys cross country, and eventually served as a guidance counselor and assistant principal.

The previous principal, Mike Riley, retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year, with Packard stepping into the role on an interim basis. Packard received a three-year contract, making $102,500 per year. 

“Mr. Packard, I had the opportunity when I was still working before I retired to work with you in the middle school and the high school,” said board member Mike Heimman. “I just want to say that I am so happy that you’re in this position. 

“I can’t think of anybody with more integrity and more character than you and I am so pleased that you are willing to take this position for the district.”

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Staff members at the high school also had high praise for the hiring.

“I think the Ashland High School staff is (Packard’s) No. 1 fan,” said Melissa Baker, Spanish teacher and President of the Teacher’s Association. “We’re all very excited to have him as our leader. So thank you for making the right choice for us teachers and our students.”

Packard looks to continue his role as high school principal with the fall semester in the looking looming as summer approaches.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the students of Ashland High School and this community,” Packard said. “I am grateful for your trust and I will not let you down!”