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Mr. Larry King, PCS Chief Operations Officer, Retires After 23 Years of Service

 Larry King & Kay Allen

Mr. Larry King, Chief Operations Officer for Person County Schools, is retiring at the end of May.  Mr. King has served in this role since February of 1997, during which he has overseen the transportation, school nutrition, maintenance, and custodial departments.


Under his leadership, many significant projects have been completed.  These include the planning and construction of Stories Creek Elementary and Helena Elementary in 2000, implementing an Energy Savings Program in 2006 (PCS remains one of the most efficient systems in North Carolina), the planning and construction of the new bus garage in 2008, and multiple roof replacement projects.  In addition, he has overseen the installation of safety entry systems and cameras, participated in ongoing facility studies to improve functions at all schools/sites, and has effectively guided his staff to be able to maintain facilities and deal with all of the day-to-day events that occur. 


Superintendent, Dr. Rodney Peterson said, “I want to thank Larry for all of his service during his tenure as Chief Operating Officer.   Person County Schools has benefited from his expertise and commitment in ensuring that all students and staff have quality instructional spaces and grounds.  We wish him the best as he starts a new chapter in life and hope that it will be as meaningful to him as his time with us has been.”


Administrative Assistant, Sandra Crabtree, shared, “Mr. King has been the anchor of our department. He has built up a crew who are capable, experienced, and dedicated to continue working in the manner he has instilled in each of us.  We are lucky to have had Mr. King as a leader and will miss having him and his steady hand at the wheel.” 


Another employee stated, “Larry King has always been a very thorough and consistent leader.  His office door is always open for questions and concerns and he is as honest and genuine at work as he is wherever he goes.  We couldn't have asked for a better leader, one who is leaving this department in better shape, with fewer employees, than when he started. His leadership has been a genuine reflection of the person he is.”


Mr. King has been instrumental in helping to make Person County Schools what it is today.  He will be missed, but we wish him the best in retirement and all of his future endeavors.