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Martinsburg High School principal on medical leave

March 07, 2012
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg High School Assistant Principal Trent Sherman was named acting principal of the school because Principal Regina Phillips is on medical leave, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said Wednesday.

“She asked for medical leave (Tuesday) and I granted it,” Arvon said.

Sherman will take a leading role among the school’s four assistant principals, Arvon said.

Arvon said he did not know how long Phillips would be on medical leave and declined to elaborate on the reason for her leave. Phillips, who was appointed principal of the high school in 2008, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Before coming to Berkeley County Schools, Phillips was assistant principal at North Hagerstown and Clear Spring high schools in Washington County and principal at Fort Ritchie National Role Models Academy, administering residential and academic programs for at-risk youths.

With 1,750 students, Martinsburg High School began the current academic year with the highest enrollment among Berkeley County’s three high schools, according to “second month” head count figures compiled each fall by the state Department of Education. Hedgesville High School had 1,712 students, and Musselman High School had 1,571.

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— Matthew Umstead

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