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ASHLAND Ashland Middle School Principal David Greene is taking over as Chief Financial Officer of Ashland Schools, Superintendent Sean Howard said on Wednesday.

Greene switched to finance after 11 years as a principal in college. He was one of 14 applicants, four of whom were interviewed, Howard said.

He replaces Kristen Martin, who has resigned, according to Howard. She had held the position since 2016.

Greene is taking office as the district resolves some issues that have delayed the submission of its final state budget for 2020-2021.

The district has hired a consultant and is now “on track” to address issues that have delayed the spending plan, Howard said.

Greene said he was eager to get into the daily math that will replace school operations, but remains dedicated to education in Ashland. “I am really looking forward to the challenge of having a different role to play in the district,” he said.

Greene comes to work with a solid financial background. He studied accounting at Marshall University before moving into teaching.

His first teaching post was in physical education. He was principal of Hatcher Elementary School for eight years and moved to college when Hatcher closed.

The Hatcher building now houses the district administrative offices and Head Start classrooms.

“This is something I noticed today, it hit me that I return to Hatcher. I felt a little sentimental when I pulled into the parking lot and there were Head Start kids on the playground, ”he said.

In addition to the on-the-job learning about school finances that comes with the territory for a principal, Greene plans to undergo extensive finance training in the coming months, he said.


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