He'll leave as Norton superintendent and begin in Bristol in January.
Perrigan has worked before as a school principal in Bristol, as well as in Washington County, Virginia.
He says experience guides his priorities, which include stopping the trend to teach to the test.
"What we know is that when we go to work, we don't take multiple choice tests. We work on projects. We work in teams, we collaborate, we communicate. That's the kind of education that our kids deserve, not a test prep education," Perrigan said.
Perrigan fills the vacancy left by Rex Gearheart who died in May.
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