New principal named at Shepherdstown school

June 24, 1997


Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., school teacher was named Monday night as the new principal for Shepherdstown Junior High by the Jefferson County Board of Education.

James A. Pingley, 48, will take over as principal on Aug. 1.

He replaces Densil Nibert, 42, who resigned as principal but is staying in Jefferson County as a teacher.

Nibert had served 15 years as an administrator.

Pingley is now a social studies teacher and girls' basketball coach at Hedgesville Middle School.

Pingley had taught and served as a school administrator in Jefferson County schools in the 1970s, he said.

His wife, Mary Jo Pingley, also had worked for Jefferson County Superintendent Judson Romine, who is retiring.

Pingley said he knows a lot of people in the Jefferson County school system and has always liked the county.


He had served as a principal at Hedgesville High School in 1984 and 1985, but left the post to become an Equitable Life representative.

Pingley returned to teaching in 1995 and he said he thought the time was right to go back into school administration.

Pingley received his bachelor's degree in 1970 in history and political science from Davis and Elkins College and his master's in education administration in 1975 from West Virginia University.

Pingley will receive $53,400 as a principal.

Jefferson County school board members are still looking to hire a replacement for Jefferson High School Principal Jim Carpenter, 50, who left to take a job as the athletic director-assistant principal at Martinsburg High School.

No decision was made Monday night on when the Jefferson High School principal's post will be filled.

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