Ben Disibbio

The Mercer County Board of Education will be looking for a new principal at PikeView High School for the first time since 2000.

Tuesday evening, the board unanimously approved the resignation for reasons of retirement of long-time PikeView Principal Ben Disibbio. Disibbio served as an assistant principal from the school’s opening in 1994 until being named principal in 2000. He also previously served as a teacher at Bluefield Junior High School from 1982-1990 and as an assistant principal there until moving to PikeView when the school opened.

“It has been my life,” Disibbio said one day after the board officially confirmed his retirement. “It’s time to go. It’s been 20 years. I want to spend some time with my family, particularly my grandchildren. I have two grandchildren. I have enjoyed it tremendously. This has been the best part of my life.”

 The PikeView athletic complex, the football, baseball, soccer and softball fields, were named after Disibbio as a way of rewarding his service to PikeView.

Disibbio gave credit to the community for his long tenure at PikeView.

“I owe that to the community,” he added. “We’ve been really blessed with some good kids for the most part here.”

Disibbio is the latest in a line of principals to move around in the Mercer County Schools system. Last year, Princeton Principal Jack Parker resigned because of health issues, Lori Comer left Princeton Primary School to replace Parker, and Ernie Adkins left Oakvale to replace Comer.

Central office staffer LaCosta Hodges was tapped to replace Adkins at Oakvale. Finally, Brushfork Principal Jon Corbett left that school to replaced by a Bluefield High School assistant principal.  Also, a new principal has taken over at Lashmeet-Matoaka School, Memorial Primary School, and Bluefield Middle School.

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