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Tom Gallus named principal of Hanahan High; Alicia Pressley to lead the Cross Trojans

Published June 26, 2018

Gallus and Pressley

Tom Gallus, new principal of Hanahan High, and Alicia Pressley, new principal of Cross High (provided)

The Berkeley County School District (BCSD) Board of Education confirmed Tom Gallus, current assistant principal at Berkeley High, as the new principal of Hanahan High and Alicia Pressley, current interim principal, as the principal of Cross High at their meeting Tuesday evening. Gallus and Pressley will begin their new assignments immediately to prepare for the upcoming school year. Hanahan High’s former principal, Ric Raycroft, retired at the end of the school year. Pressley has served as the interim principal of Cross High since April.     

“I am very much looking forward to returning to Hanahan to serve the community I live in,” said Gallus. “I am thankful for the past four years I have spent at Berkeley High working with supportive stakeholders, the opportunities I have had to grow as a leader and the lifelong friends I made. While it is never easy to say goodbye, I am very excited to build upon the Hawk traditions and work with an amazing staff to take Hanahan to the next level. I wore my blue and gold for four years with a smile, but my family and I bleed orange and blue. Go Hawks!”

Gallus joined BCSD as a physical education teacher and coach at Hanahan High School in 2003, investing the past 15 years in public education. After serving 11 years as a teacher and coach, he was selected as an assistant principal at Berkeley High in 2014. While at Berkeley, Gallus oversaw the International Baccalaureate program and served as the administrator for the Scholars Academy and Academic Booster Club. He also has served as Berkeley’s safety administrator and worked to increase Trident United Way donations by 127% in 2014 and 2015.

“The Hanahan community clearly and passionately communicated their expectations for the principal who would follow Mr. Raycroft, a highly regarded leader,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “Stakeholders indicated that they desired a principal who would set high expectations and take them to heights unseen. We are confident that Mr. Gallus will be committed to serving and communicating with the Hanahan families and will work with the staff, students and stakeholders to continue a tradition of excellence while pursuing new goals and opportunities.”

Ingram continued, “We are fortunate to have the caliber of in-house talent that we do here in Berkeley County. Both Mr. Gallus and Ms. Pressley are prepared for their new roles, and I am glad to have the opportunity to return them to the communities that they love. Much like Hanahan, the Cross community was also very clear in their expectations for their principal. The stakeholders stressed their desire for longevity and a leader who was committed to seeing the job through at Cross High. As a graduate, I know that Ms. Pressley wants what is best for Cross and will work with the community to ensure that students achieve all of their individual goals. I look forward to seeing the wonderful things that will happen this year and in the coming years at Cross High.”

Since August of 2000, Alicia Pressley has worked diligently on behalf of the students and families of Berkeley County. She joined the district 18 years ago as an employment specialist, specifically assigned to the special needs department. She then joined the staff at Cross High in 2008 as a career specialist and worked directly with the guidance department to achieve 100% completion of Individual Graduation Plans for 8th graders. After also working as their accountability and graduation specialist from 2010-2012, Pressley was named an assistant principal to serve both Berkeley Middle and Berkeley High. In April 2018, Pressley answered the call to return to her community as the interim principal at Cross High.

“Having the opportunity to return to my high school and serve the community that raised me is a true blessing,” said Pressley. “I am fortunate to have had the chance to work in the Moncks Corner community and gain experience that I will continue to rely on as a embark on my new leadership role here at Cross. Cross High School is a very special place surrounded by generations of Trojan families, and I am committed to making them all proud- proud of both their school and me. I appreciate the support I have received from the district and look forward to partnering with my stakeholders to achieve the very best for our children.”

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