New principal named for intermediate school

February 08, 2002

New principal named for intermediate school

Berkeley County appoints principal for new intermediate school

By SARAH MULLIN / Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education appointed a 27-year veteran of education this week to become principal of the West End Intermediate School under construction.

Joyce Lynne Chapman, 48, will officially take on her new duties on April 22. She is currently the principal at Winchester Avenue Elementary in Martinsburg.

"It will be just wonderful to be able to be an administrator in such a building and to work with excellent, dedicated parents, students and staff," she said.


The intermediate concept takes fourth and fifth grades out of elementary schools and places them in one school, each with their own "house," Frank Aliveto, deputy superintendent of Berkeley County schools, said.

About 475 students from Winchester Avenue, Rosemont, and Baker Heights Elementary schools will be moved to the new school in August.

Chapman has been principal at Winchester Avenue for 13 years.

During her tenure at the school she has worked to make the school a West Virginia School of Excellence, a West Virginia Blue Ribbon School, a Title I Distinguished School from 1998-2001, and certified the school as a West Virginia Responsible Schools Program.

She received her bachelor's degree at Millersville (Pa.) University in 1975 and a master's degree in education at West Virginia University.

Chapman is currently doing doctorate coursework in Education Administration at Virginia Tech, Marshall University (W.Va.), West Virginia University and James Madison (Va.).

Her goals in the coming months include meeting with each student and the student's parents individually, involving everyone in the naming of the school, its mascot and colors, and developing a Web site for the school.

Chapman said the Web site will allow the students to take part in the construction and development of the school so the transition this fall will be easier.

"I want to try to develop within the students, staff, and parents a sense of identity, and pride. That will be easy to do with a new school," she said.

She also plans to meet with the three principals who have opened intermediate schools in the county within the past three years to find out what procedures worked.

"I think she will be an excellent fit for the new school," Aliveto said.

Berkeley County implemented the intermediate school concept five years ago as a means to combat the growing county's needs, Aliveto said.

The West End Intermediate School will complete the county's conversion to this system, Chapman said.

"I feel real energized by this project. I am really ready for this," she said.

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