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Palmer sets retirement as Bluestone principal

SoVaNow.com / May 05, 2010
Lindell Palmer, principal of Bluestone High School, is retiring following a 39-year career with Mecklenburg County Schools.

Ricky Allgood, school band director for 32 years, said “I can’t express in words how much Mr. Palmer has meant to me as a principal and more importantly as a friend. He has been my principal for 10 years and before that my assistant principal for 17 years. I have known him and worked with him practically every year that I have been a band director.

“You could look a long time and probably never find an administrator who cares about the students, faculty and school as much as Lindell Palmer.”

Allgood said Mr. and Mrs. Palmer always were there to cheer the band on wherever they performed.

Palmer began his career with the school division in 1971 as a social studies and science teacher at Chase City Elementary School. During his time at Chase City, he worked as assistant football coach and later as assistant basketball coach at Bluestone High School.

In 1981 he was named assistant principal at Bluestone High School. He continued to coach basketball and late took on the job of athletic director.

After 17 years, he left Bluestone to serve for two years as principal at La Crosse Elementary School.

Palmer was principal at Bluestone Middle School during the 1999-2000 school year, before returning to the high school as principal.

He counts among positive developments during his tenure at the high school the achievement of SOL/AYP accreditation; construction of a weight room, a softball field and field house, and a soccer field house; and the addition of girls’ soccer to the sports roster.

Palmer was raised in the Roanoke Rapids area of North Carolina.

He was graduated from Barber-Scotia College in Charlotte, N.C., where he majored in sociology and elementary education. He received a master’s in administration and supervision from Virginia State University in Petersburg.

He lives in South Hill with his wife, Earlene. They are the parents of Richard, who will receive a law degree next week from William and Mary, and Lindell Jr., who teaches English in Warrenton.

The Palmers are active in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Oaksville, N.C.

Palmer said yesterday he is looking forward to getting the boat out on the lake and doing a little fishing.

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