HENDERSON — Vance County Schools officials have taken the “interim” qualifier off Jessica Perry’s appointment as principal of the Vance Virtual Village Academy, giving her the job on a permanent basis going forward.

They announced the decision Thursday, at the same time they announced that they’ve hired Natashalyn Snipes to serve as the district’s director of exceptional children.

Perry has led the staff of Vance Virtual Village Academy throughout the 2020-21 school year, having taken over from a previous hire who accepted a job in another school district not even a month after hiring on with the Vance schools.

An N.C. State University alumna who holds a doctorate in education from Gardner-Webb University, Perry said she is “looking forward to assisting students in gaining access and opportunities with anytime, anywhere teaching and learning.”

Vance Virtual Village Academy — V3, for short — is an online K-12 that according to the school district “provides personalized learning plans, self-paced instruction and academic flexibility for students in Vance County and the surrounding counties.”

Snipes, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate who’s currently pursuing her doctorate degree at that university, is moving over to Vance County Schools following a stint as director of exceptional children, student services and pre-school for the Weldon City Schools.

She will begin work in Vance County on July 1, district officials said.

Exceptional children programs in Vance County and in public schools across the state are for students who have various types of disabilities. School districts have to craft an “individualized education program,” or IEP, for each student, tailoring their work around the student’s particular needs.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.