Pair of elementary schools gaining principals

August 16, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

WASHINGTON COUNTY --Salem Avenue Elementary School will have a second assistant principal in the coming school year and Eastern Elementary will get a second principal, Washington County Board of Education officials said.

Nicole Paylor will become acting co-principal at Eastern Elementary School, according to a list of school board personnel moves.

Paylor will be co-principal with Principal Ellen Hayes as the school system prepares to open Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School across the street for the 2011-12 school year, said Jill Burkhart, director for elementary education.

Hayes is slated to become principal of Monroe Primary for the 2011-12 school year, and Paylor is expected to remain at Eastern as principal at that time, said Michael Markoe, assistant superintendent for student and staff support.

This gives them both time to prepare and get ready for the opening of the new school, Burkhart said. Many of the students who will move into Monroe Primary will attend Eastern in the coming school year, she said. Eastern currently handles grades one through five. Once Monroe opens, Eastern will serve students in grades three through five and Monroe will serve students in prekindergarten through second grade, Burkhart said.


Salem Avenue Elementary is getting a second assistant principal because its projected enrollment for the coming school year is more than 700 students, making it one of the three largest elementary schools in the system, Burkhart said. The other two are Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools.

Salem Avenue also has one of the largest low-income student populations among the county's elementary schools, Burkhart said. That's determined by the number of students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Many of these students tend to be in transition, moving from one school to another, she said.

The new assistant principal at Salem Avenue will be Krista M. Burgan, according to a list of principals and assistant principals. Markoe said Burgan's position will be funded with a Title 1 federal grant.

Bester Elementary is the only other elementary school with two assistant principals.

Burkhart said Bester has two assistant principals because of its size, its high number of low-income students and because the school is basically two separate buildings joined by a hallway. Having two assistant principals helps manage both buildings, she said.

In Halfway, Sonya Barnes has been named acting principal at Lincolnshire Elementary, according to personnel moves. Markoe said the expectation is the school year will begin with Lincolnshire having an acting principal.

Administrative changes

The following is a list of the new principals and assistant principals for Washington County Public Schools for the 2010-11 school year, according to personnel moves by the Board of Education and Donna Newcomer, director of human resources.

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