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New principal hired at Waynesboro High

August 15, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A former Waynesboro Area Middle School math teacher has been hired as the newest principal for the district's high school.

The Waynesboro Area School Board, on separate unanimous votes Tuesday, approved the hiring of Christopher L. Dennis and set his salary at $85,000 for the 2007-08 school year.

Dennis graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1990, and has been an assistant principal in the Fairfield (Pa.) Area School District since March 2005.

"For me, it's home," Dennis said of Waynesboro.

"Mr. Dennis previously taught in our district for nine years," Superintendent Barry Dallara said at the board meeting.

Dennis, who taught eighth grade, said he enjoys seeing his former students in the community.

"I continue to run into them at the grocery store and the YMCA," he said in a phone interview after the meeting.

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Dennis lives in Waynesboro and has three children, including one who will be entering seventh grade this year, said Larry Glenn, a member of the school board.

Dennis said he moved to Waynesboro when he was entering seventh grade himself.

Dennis' leadership skills and knowledge of the district made him stand out among nine applicants, Glenn said.

Dennis said his initial goals are to get acclimated to the position and gather input from various sources about the school's status and direction.

Dennis, who has coached track, football and softball, has studied at Mount St. Mary's College, Wilkes University and McDaniel College. He joins the high school administration in the midst of a $46 million building project.

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